Friday, February 1, 2008

Yigal Azrouel

If only I could show you what a joy it was to see the Yigal Azrouel Fall 2008 show. Unfortunately, I'm an idiot and, although I thought I was videotaping my favorite changes, I actually wasn't. Kick, kick, kicking myself. Luckily, there's a little thing called Style.com, which should have his show up by tomorrow, and Fashionista, whose technical abilities are far superior to mine so they posted some pictures today. Man, and I even had Andre Leon Talley entering and sitting down. This is the second time I've seen him at a show and both times he entered without a scene, fanfare, or just fans running him down. Perhaps his physical presence intimidates? But how does such a big guy, sometimes wearing a fur coat, seem so unassuming in public? An enviable skill.

Back to Yigal: I love it when there are men thrown in with the gals; it breaks up the looks nicely. And the styles were so wonderful, I would happily wear all of them. Lots of layering, checked cotton scarves, plaid pants, a few military coats and an incredible long, blue handknit sweater. And the men's hair? My favorite hair era: bedhead going all which ways. Sexy, sloppy punk.

The hues were grey and blue, mostly muted colors that seemed just right for the crazy rain and wind blowing down the streets of Chelsea. On the girls there were coats layered over stockings and skirts with soft folds that fell above the knee. Many of his dresses had clever latching details behind the neck or on the middle of the back, revealing a little skin or creating a nice fall of fabric. One boasted not just a silk top, but also an exquisite beaded skirt, creating a pleasing juxtopostion of texture. Overall this show epitomized easy chic. Favorite looks were a grey jumper that managed to look comfortable and modern, but not hipster, and a pair of skinny black leather pants. I'm ecstatic. I'd just seen a woman in the audience wearing a pair and they looked right, not as if she'd been wearing them since the 80's. Also, look for his feather pin as a standout accessory, his long, pale-grey silk '40s style dress for evening, and the yellow fur cape.