NYFW S/S11: Yigal Azrouel

By  September 20, 2010

Minimalism at its coolest, the Yigal Azrouel show took place in 10th avenues dark and brooding venue, Exit Art. A palette of putties, blacks, browns and with the odd mustard or geometric print thrown in to keep things from feeling totally flat, Yigal’s take on this season’s biggest trend turned out a collection which will be the go to for the downtown cool girl looking to invest in some gorgeously crafted silk basics.

“The collection conceptualizes the illusion of layering through rich compositional elements, precise garment construction and impeccable tailoring… Inspiration revolves the process of experience and the realisation of the substance and character that transforms ideas, providing a modern point of view reminiscent of of Irving Penn’s iconic photographs”, quipped Yigal in the shownotes.

What this amounted to in terms of the models sashaying down the pitch-black runway was ample use of crepe – cropped blouses layered over silk wide-leg pants, billowing skirts or wing-like flaps floating off the backs of garments.

Cotton linen textured knits and a crepe wool tuxedo with the tails were the show’s two highlights, as were the clunky geometric knits for summer.


Structured skirt suits in grey, felt a bit older than the Yigal customer, and out of touch with the younger, breezier feel of the rest of the collection.