NEW YORK — If the Yigal Azrouel FW 2014 show was telling a story, I doubt that any of us in attendance could have limited its description to a single title. The audience was pleasantly addled as the Israeli designer unveiled his fall 2014 collection, which included a heady amount of pieces influenced by everything from extreme modernist architectural shapes to the experimental use of a range of mixed media materials. As the first models flowed onto the runway, a few key silhouettes stood out immediately. The extreme drop waist pleated A-line showed up in a number of looks and was featured two ways; as an independent full cylinder dress and as a layered skirt creatively paired with bouclé
moto jackets and coated chevron outerwear. Another coveted item which cemented the collection’s broad scope and perhaps paying subtle tribute to the street style soft-pant, was the midi culotte worn leisurely with several soft wool tops and richly colored military coats. In line with the prospective fall season, the color story included dark bordeaux, wintry shades of grey, and stark coal and cream contrasts. The presentation closed with a more formal transition into flowing cape-sleeve dresses intermittently displayed in geometrically engineered textile prints and solid hues.
The collection was a success as its range truly offered a look for anyone’s fashion aesthetic. Several celebrity clients seated in the front row, including Victoria Beckham
and Waris Ahluwalia
, seemed to agree as they rushed the designer immediately after the show to shower praises and no doubt place first personal requests for select pieces. Overall, Azrouel’s vision of layered dimensions and tough vs. feminine silhouettes translated well and served as further testimony as to why this designer continues to maintain and expand an ever growing following.
1. Cocoon coats
2. Full skirts
3. A-line dresses
4. Geometric hemlines
5. Below-the-knee hemlines