Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël

May 14, 2014 by  
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Judging by the first Resort ’15 collections, fashion isn’t ready to kick its sneaker fetish just yet. Case in point: Yigal Azrouël, who styled the looks in his new Cut25 lineup with crisp, white tennis shoes. While the designer won’t be producing the trainers, they complemented the relaxed, sporty vibe he was going for this season. Azrouël’s laid-back approach was most evident in a white jumpsuit and oversize T-shirts cut from a soft, double-face crepe. Those pared-back pieces channeled a nineties-inspired minimalism, as did the standout navy suit that came in a flattering technical twill—its slouchy, cropped trousers were a refreshing change of pace from his staple, second-skin leggings. Speaking of skin, Azrouël didn’t abandon his sexy, body-con aesthetic altogether here, but the fit-and-flare tennis dresses and stretchy cutout sheaths (the ones that combined nautical stripes and Chantilly lace were terrific) seemed a bit more casual and easy to wear than his standard va-va-voom fare. Other highlights included lightweight scuba separates featuring graphic, engineered prints, which added an energetic jolt of color to the mix, and chunky hand-knits backed in lightweight georgette silk. All in all, this outing felt firmly in touch with the here and now and was a definite step forward for Azrouël’s contemporary line.
—Brittany Adams
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Cut25 by Yigal Azrouël

May 11, 2014 by  
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Yigal Azrouël recently created ballet costumes for choreographer Emery LeCrone, which debuted at the Guggenheim as part of the museum’s Works & Process series. The cultural collaboration found Azrouël contemplating the human form and complementing the dancers’ fluid movements. The designer’s new Cut25 collection reflects a different approach to the female physique. Instead of tracing the figure, Azrouël focused on covering it with sharp, sculptural silhouettes. Still, he managed to keep the overall look sexy and consistent with the DNA of his brand.

Azrouël opened his Fall lookbook with a structured bomber coat that merged panels of regular tweed and “reflective glass finished tweed.” He also incorporated bonded neoprene treatments into sporty sweatshirt dresses, and played up exaggerated volumes with enveloping outerwear items such as a draped, funnel-neck topper cut from a textured bouclé jacquard. Elsewhere, Azrouël reinterpreted his linear preoccupations in more streamlined ways, featuring a graphic brushstroke print on soft crepe de chine separates and showing slim sheaths with asymmetric cutouts. Meanwhile, a cocoonish, blanket stripe wrap teamed with coordinating, relaxed trousers was a definite standout, as was a cozy, color-blocked cardigan styled with herringbone denim stovepipes. Overall, there was a lot going on in the conceptual mix, but it ultimately came together and felt like a considerable step forward for Azrouël’s diffusion line.
—Brittany Adams
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