Inspiration: Architectural silhouettes, detailed tailoring, not-your-mama's pinstripe pantsuit!
Who Was There: Malin Akerman, editors and retailers galore
Top looks: Asymmetrical charcoal gray pinstripe suit with leather detail at waist of cropped pant; red double-face cashmere Cocoon coat; oversized patchwork sweater with cropped leather pants; short red suede dress; black wool jacket with leather piping and sleeves and leather trousers
Accessories: Pamela Love's sturdy gold circle earrings that clasp in the front (instead of the back) and chunky metal plate necklaces; Manolo Blahnik booties; the designer's highly covetable fringed shoulder bags
What We Thought: The first several looks at Azrouël's show were black, tight, tough and zippered. Which isn't a bad thing with that whole hard '80s look still kicking around. (It actually made me think of Phi, which recently shuttered its doors, and how flawlessly Azrouel's line can fill that void.)
There were suits cut in very a modern way; the jacket of a pinstripe pantsuit tailored to a v-shape while the pleated bottoms were cinched at the waist with a leather cumberbund. (Sure this is not the most wearable trend but it looked good going down the runway.) More realistic for the everyday woman was the double-face cashmere cocoon coat in a refreshing red, and another longer version that had a leather belt. A long patchwork sweater was so durable (and comfy!) that it could certainly suffice for outerwear.
It's not a Yigal show with out some body conscious options - of which there were plenty. Short jersey dresses were nipped to perfection with zipper adornments that cut right through the open back design. Swarovski was one of the show's sponsors, and the not-so-subtle adornments on a trio of garments felt a tad forced for such a sleek collection.
Over all though, editors and retailers were scribbling like mad in their notebooks, which is always a good thing.