NEW YORK — Yigal Azrouël's designs are often minimal and very contemporary, with an urban edge. But for spring, the designer, who is known for his dashing good looks (The Daily Beast has called him "Fashion's Hottest Playboy" and the Wall Street Journal labeled him a "fashion stud"), has let his romantic side shine through.
His spring collection, which will be available in Houston at Elizabeth Anthony, has more of a feminine edge than some of his previous work, with delicate florals in pink and silver, see-through lace, colorful hand-crafted embroidery and collars and hemlines with scalloped edges.
But his minimalist sensibility remains with fluid architectural shapes, tiered overlays and cutouts at the shoulder that frame a part of the body that is usually covered.
And just when you think Azrouël may be edging toward a "too girly" look, he throws a dove gray leather motorcycle jacket over a lace panel dress for maximum effect. Jumpsuits in guipure lace or abstract black-and-white florals and a lace jabot gown also get the mix between edgy and feminine just right.
Most front row guests were enthusiastic as the models came out, but one toddler, sitting on his photographer father's lap, squirmed as his dad attempted to hold him and take photos at the same time — with varying degrees of success.