Yigal Azrouel Spring 2010

Where & When: Friday, September 11th at 11 a.m., the Promenade, Bryant Park
Runway Recap: I'm often asked what designers I'd wear if money were no object, and one of my answers is always Yigal Azrouel. He is a master of draping, and his clothes manage to look both incredibly sexy and totally relaxed at the same time--you'd think that wearing them instantly makes you one of those effortlessly cool people who seems at ease in her own skin. Which is what must happen when one wears his modern-goddess asymmetrical jersey dresses, layered with bandeau bras, that came down the runway today. There were also pleated, cropped pants (which seems to be the shape for fall thus far, as I've been seeing them everywhere), tops with shoulder detail, drool-worthy washed leather jackets, and, for an extra measure of sexiness, ruched bandage and cutout dresses (yet another trend for spring). These are the clothes my dreams are made of: trend-conscious, but not overtly fashion-victimy; sexy, but subtle; feminine, but not girly; not perfect, but just right.
Standout Look: This slightly '80s-ish dress was one of my favorites of the collection. It has just a bit of the Yigal-signature draping at the waist, and the shoulder embellishment is new for him. Between the shoulder detail and the waist draping, plus the subtly shaped skirt, this dress is sensually designed to emphasize the waist, which, if you ask me, is never a bad thing.
Bonus Points: Much ado has been made about the sexiness of Azrouel himself, a rare straight male designer in a women's and gay men's world. After seeing him take his runway bow, let me just say, Katie Lee Joel, I totally get it.
Where to Buy: Yigal Azrouel boutique, 408 W. 14th St. (9th Ave. & Washington St.).

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