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Yigal Azrouël

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New York: Like many designers this season, Yigal Azrouël explored his softer, more romantic side for spring. Gone were the futuristic sheaths and drapey black layers of yesteryear, and in their place were breezy ankle-length dresses and A-line culottes in natural washes and colorful prints. Azrouël skillfully balanced these easy pieces with more tailored items, like a Celine-esque linen-blend vest, a short-sleeved leather jacket and a military-inspired coatdress. Like a few other designers this season, Azrouël also reinterpreted the classic tuxedo, his version featuring a cropped jacket, pegged pants and a sexy sheer tank in place of a button-up shirt. Cleanly designed swimwear pieces – a bandeau paired with a high-waisted brief was a standout – appeared throughout, giving the collection a subtle shot of sex appeal. Despite lapses into the Space Age-y inclinations that weighed down his past work (like neon-streaked eyes and sculpted collars that disrupted the fluidity of the collection), Azrouël seemed to have his feet firmly rooted in the present, and the clothes were all the better for it.

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