“Refined edginess” may be the best way to describe Yigal Azrouel’s Spring 2010 collection, shown at New York Fashion Week. The designer, who’s been swept up in a media storm for reasons other than fashion (amid rumors of a relationship with a recent divorcee`), displayed a runway composed mostly of neutral hues (nudes, blacks, and whites) – but don’t get us wrong – Azrouel’s collection was anything but boring.
Funky cutouts adorned models as they made their way down the catwalk. Paired with drape-y jersey tanks, we were itching to try to recreate this high-fashion comfiness. (While we love bodycon pieces, the extra roominess in a tee is always welcome!) We adored the funky minidresses with ankle booties (add some tights for the ideal autumn transition outfit), and also died for the high-waisted shorts paired with a gray jersey vest. (Who knew such a combo could look so glam?)
What also caught our eye were the Grecian gowns: looking as though made from a jersey-esque material, they looked flowy enough to hug every curve in the right place. The cinched waist created from the added belt was the perfect accessory: not too over-the-top, but just the right amount of an accent.
For the men who strutted down Azrouel’s runway, it was all about stripes – both top and bottom, although not simultaneously. Azrouel put his own spin on the usually nautical print, working the pattern vertically into both shorts and pants. We’re especially fond of the striped tank/striped tee layer – it’s totally something we can see ourselves working into our fall wardrobe. Our absolute favorite men’s look – which again, we will be translating into our wardrobes come autumn – was the gray sweats/leather jacket combo. Sweatpants have been making their way into high fashion circles lately, and we think Azrouel portrayed them fabulously here: the pairing with the leather jacket was immaculate, again adding that edgy/bad boy element to a garment usually associated with lazy college students.
Of all the shows at Fashion Week, we believe that Azrouel’s was one whose looks can be translated easily onto the street. It’s not often you find a designer whose looks are so chic yet so accessible – so take note, and be sure to return to any of Azrouel’s looks from this show whenever you need some outfit inspiration.
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