Summary: Yigal Azrouel‘s Spring 2013 Collection was inspired by nature’s own architecture, and by the strength and stillness in nature, using clean and elongated silhouettes. The Yigal Azruel woman is powerful and at ease. The show for the collection was certainly dramatic, with the models emerging from the large loft space and strutting slowly in a light smokey cloud at their feet. Some wore cotton canvas brimmed hoods, and several of his pieces incorporated hoods, which were a bit eery. Why do they need to be so protected? Shapes were not extremely fitted, and maxis were long and full, some with revealing criss-crossed open backs. I liked the unpretetiousness and lightness of this collection yet some of the pieces are really best for a younger woman. It also seems a waste to cover her up in a loose dress. Many of the pieces were beautiful in their simplicity, while the coats and leathers stood out among the sea of cotton. I wanted to see more of the fitted shapes that compliment the female form that we have seen from Yigal in the past. A wonderful finishing touch was the handmade flat sandals and clutches which were also designed by Yigal and made his artistry in this collection complete.
Color Pallet: Ice, Quartz, Cactus, Jet, Heather grey, Midnight, Night, Multi
Fabrics & Textures: Faille, canvas, cotton canvas, cotton faille, cotton embroidered eyelette, cotton tape hand knot, perforated cotton, waffle knit, python, paperweight leather
Key Looks: Optic cotton faille apron dress with criss-cross open back with ice/jet open back sandal; Multi cotton tape hand knit pullover, jet cotton canvas skirt, optic/jet python and jet leather handmade sandal; Jet paperweight leather hooded tank dress with jet leather handmade flat sandal, ice python clutch.
– Carol Calacci
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