Yigal Azrouël RTW Spring 2019

Yigal Azrouël calls New York home, but he grew up on the beach and has a lifelong obsession with surfing. When he can, he gets off the grid to surf in Costa Rica, but he surfs locally out on Long Beach, which is where he found inspiration for spring.
There were nods to the beach throughout his textured and effortless pieces. For example, thick nautical rope ties used to gather the neck on gauzy silk dresses, the ribbing of a shell he found ending up as a print on a knit pant and tunic, a seersucker fabric was treated to give it shape and new proportion creating a billowing trenchcoat, a coated cotton blue and white shirtdress played with the eye as it wasn’t a shirt, but a jacket.
His modern laid-back collection doesn’t have hanger appeal, instead his pieces need to be experienced, and putting them on illuminates his deft way with subtle details like one-sided cutouts just below the arm to expose the body, subtle and not too sexy. It’s these understated details — interestingly placed hardware, mixing of textures and knit gauges — that make his clothing come to life. It makes for a collection that is unique to

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Yigal Azrouël Pre-Fall 2018

Yigal Azrouël took an abstract approach to the work of Nir Hod, whose art often marries high realism with irony. It led the designer to infuse his feminine lineup with a sense of playfulness — notably through asymmetry — to show beauty in imperfections. Irregularities included hem lines on skirts slightly askew, neck tie details that opened up to tastefully reveal a bit of the shoulder and collar, and hardware buttons to allow variety in wear. An architectural black dress with those buttons was empowering, and provided the option to be worn long, short or elegantly coming undone.
In fact, Azrouël’s exploration between the intersection of art and geometric form drove a balance of softness through fabrics with more experimental silhouette structure. Like the black dress, those cut in soft printed silk were equally shapely with asymmetry and pleated skirts. Even a luxe silky blazer came embellished with an elongated scarflike fringe. The textural element also made its way onto a chic white top with just enough seductive allure. Subtlety in design ensured pieces were special without leaning too trendy, made for women who handle confidence with ease.

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Front Row Report, Yigal Azrouël: Analeigh Tipton Prefers to Be Covered Up


Despite being a contestant on ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ the 26-year-old says New York Fashion Week is “something I’m still getting used to.”

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Yigal Azrouël Resort 2016

Elegant, strong, feminine. Yigal Azrouël used those words to describe his resort woman, whom he outfitted in a chic collection of fluid dresses and softly tailored separates. The best example: a pair of relaxed, pleated culottes styled with a cape jacket that riffed on Azrouël’s signature motorcycle jacket, only softer. Of course, the signature leather jackets were in the lineup, too, one in bright red, the back emblazoned with an illustration of the designer’s French Bulldog, Jagger.
 
Azrouël also worked geometric and abstract floral prints onto his silk georgette tops, jumpsuits and dresses, weaving laser cutouts and sheer, black guipure lace throughout, which infused the looks with a romantic edge.

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