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.
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.
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:
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.