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Yigal's Cold Shoulder

Yigal Azrouël gives fashion week the cold shoulder with new show-off body part

Yigal Azrouël gives fashion week the cold shoulder, so work it out

Yigal Azrouel fall 2016 collection look 19
Yigal Azrouël floral paisley silk twill exposed shoulder cape front pintuck dress with pleated sleeves and cuff detail. Photo courtesy of Yigal Azrouel
Yigal Azrouel fall 2016 collection look 24
Yigal Azrouël velvet burnout dress with engineered bell sleeves and tulip skirt detail. Photo courtesy of Yigal Azrouel
Yigal Azrouel backstage fall 2016 collection
Backstage, Yigal Azrouël prepares a model for her runway walk. Photo courtesy of Yigal Azrouel
Yigal Azrouel fall 2016 collection look 11
Yigal Azrouël textured chevron and leather exposed shoulder cape front dress with cinched belt detail and leather covered buttons. Photo courtesy of Yigal Azrouel
Yigal Azrouel fall 2016 collection look 17
Yigal Azrouël wool houndstooth shearling combo moto coat and engineered velvet damask burnout dress. Photo courtesy of Yigal Azrouel
Yigal Azrouel fall 2016 collection look 26
Yigal Azrouël closed his show with this black floral velvet burnout gown with leather and grommet lace detailing and charmeuse binding. Photo courtesy of Yigal Azrouel
Yigal Azrouel fall 2016 collection look 19
Yigal Azrouel fall 2016 collection look 24
Yigal Azrouel backstage fall 2016 collection
Yigal Azrouel fall 2016 collection look 11
Yigal Azrouel fall 2016 collection look 17
Yigal Azrouel fall 2016 collection look 26

Forget biceps and breasts. The new show-off body part is the shoulder.

Just about every designer at New York Fashion Week this go-around has featured a dress or top with exposed shoulders — a look that Donna Karan pioneered as the "cold-shoulder" because it's a body part that looks toned no matter what age you are.

Among the first — and the best — to do it for fall is Yigal Azrouël, whose dark collection is brightened up with several looks that expose the shoulder or feature cutouts in the upper body area.

For this collection, which will be available at Elizabeth Anthony, Azrouël said he is exploring the "duality of light and darkness, innocence and impurity." He follows the theme with a mix of dark and colors, and hard and soft textures — rich-looking jacquard fabrics, patchwork minks, burnout velvets, embroidered lace and a recurring image of a black rose, which he calls a symbol of "beauty in darkness. “

Even in a moodier frame of mind, Azrouël maintains his mastery of minimalist design, with clean architectural looks and structured silhouettes. But he adds a touch of flair with bell sleeves, a tulip skirt that flares out at the hemline, gowns with grommet lace detail — and, of course, the exposed shoulder. In one instance, he even combines several of his emerging trends — exposed shoulders, bell sleeves and grommet lacing — in one blouse.

Now, get to the gym and start working out those shoulders.