Yigal Azrouël Fall 2011 Review

Yigal Azrouel Fall 2011 RTW

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Yigal Azrouël Fall 2011 collection

SHOW: Yigal Azrouël (See the full runway collection)

THEME: “The strength and power of artistic femininity and the discovery of seductive sensuality.”

ACCESSORIES: Custom bow ties by Wuyork, fur by American Legend Blackglama, custom jewelry by Littledoe Accessories

HAIR: Laurent Philippon for Bumble and Bumble

MAKEUP: Lucia Pica for M.A.C.; nails by Butter London, Nonie Creme

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: Grown-up, refined glamour—by way of menswear

It’s a bit ironic that Yigal Azrouël cited “artistic femininity” and “seductive sensuality” as the concept behind his Fall collection, as the show had a decidedly menswear-inspired theme. But then again, what could be sexier than a woman looking great in a man’s clothes?

The rocker aesthetic that Azrouël has cultivated over the years gave way to something more refined this season: perfectly tailored coats, some trimmed in shearling or luxurious mink; trousers that were cropped at the ankle (one great leather pair winked at his tougher history) to show off heeled loafers; tuxedo shirts (often worn with ties for an even more menswear-y bent); and structured dresses.

These weren’t your boyfriend’s suits, though: Punches of great color like bright jade and hot pink trousers and a mandarin orange techno wool car coat woke up the 9 a.m. crowd and gave more than a few front-row pretty young things something to add to their Fall 2011 wish lists.

Evening options were more limited, particularly because another concept of Azrouël’s for the season was “formal wear made pedestrian”; think a chunky ivory sweater cut long in the back for “tails.” But a few dresses, like a floaty green silk charmeuse gown with sheer panels and his two closing black frocks trimmed in ostrich, were still lovely—maybe not for the rocker chick but for the lady.