Yigal Azrouel Fall 2011 Review

THIS is how minimalism is done. Inspired. Eclectic. Contemporary. Refreshing. These words describe the collection Yigal Azrouel presented yesterday at NYFW. And I will take this moment to let you all know that the style.com review is not uploaded yet, so this review will be first!

The collection centers around a Y-line silhouette with multiple layering, simple and crisp tailoring and just a pop of color here and there. Azrouel manages shape, color, materials and cut with ease and grace. Certain outfits remind us of Chanel and Lagerfeld in its use of masculine clothing for womenswear, but Azrouel’s particular vision prevails intact. The proportion and cut of the coats (mostly loose-fitting, fluid and oversized) make a stark contrast to the sharpness and crispness of most of the pieces, primarily the trousers and buttoned shirts.

Long coats in neutral colors contrast the sharpness of the trousers. Notice the drop of royal blue.

Another alternative coat, even longer and more fluid. Sheepskin over the lapels add texture and draws the eye to the shoulderline.

Orange coat. A splash of color brings this ensemble into life and keeps it fun!

Another design element that captured me was the side-slit skinny coats. Azrouel opened a long slit to the side of some of his coats (the more fitted ones) so that the model could put her hand in the trouser’s pocket. I do not remember seeing anything like this before (and if anyone has, please let me know!) and it is an elegant but refreshing element that will certainly keep women clamouring for his collection.

Suit by Azrouel in white and black

Side-slit coat. Beautifully tailored and fitted, the side slit permits the wearer to put her hands in her trouser pockets.

Last, but definitely not least, are the dresses. Chic dresses for day and for night

were prominent in this collection as well. One of them, a stunning emerald green number, was paired with a black thin belt for ultimate refinement and elegance. Another dress was in stark white with sharp tailoring. The color (or lack thereof) brought the attention to the subtle construction details:

Emerald green dress, paired with a black belt and a turtleneck shirt.

White dress with black neckline, cuffs and belt.

White ensemble.

Orange trousers with crisp white jumper and buttoned shirt.

Beautiful lamé long dress with belt and silver flower details. But what’s it doing in this collection?!

The dress above was the only fault in the collection. Why lamé? Nothing else was in lamé in the rest of the clothes. Even though it is beautiful and well constructed, it is unnecessary, especially with the stunning white long dress! All in all, excellent collection: well-rounded, chic, contemporary and very wearable, and above all, creative.

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