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Yigal Azrouël

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SMALL TRADES

New York:  Using Irving Penn’s Small Trades series of photographs as a starting point for his S/S 11 collection, Yigal Azrouël updated traditional utilitarian clothes for a contemporary man more interested in luxury than labor. Showing his menswear separately from the women’s collection for the first time, Azrouël featured basics-driven looks that included two-tone chambray shirts, distressed sheepskin jackets with asymmetrical seams and a cropped and slim-cut sleeveless trenchcoat. Caution-sign yellow, a reference to the the blue-collar environment, enlivened the drab color palette. Almost entirely comprised of basics but avoiding feeling redundant, the show focused on lived-in minimalism, contemporary silhouettes and unexpected design details.

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