- Designer Profile: Yigal Azrouel -
Fashion Houston came and went and my interview with the amazing Israeli American designer Yigal Azrouel is finally making its way to you! Born in Israel, the designer lives in New York City where his showroom and production facility are also located, but he took the time to bring his 2014 Spring collection (pictured above) to the Fashion Houston runway (with a little time to chat, too).
Season after season, Yigal has been a designer who never fails to impress! Typically wanting every SINGLE piece he sends down the runway, I consider it a designer love affair! Do you have those designers or brands you can count on every season? Well, Yigal Azrouel’s “less is more” design philosophy wows me everytime! Yigal added words like simplicity and confidence when asked about his design philosophy. Just glance through his pieces at Atrium Ready-to-Wear, TOOTSIES, or online and you can see it’s the subtle details that truly make Yigal Azrouel’s collection special.
The self taught designer is one of 8 children - most of which still reside in Israel. If you keep up with his Instagram, you’ll see Yigal visits back home when he can. 15 years ago, the not-yet-designer moved to the US. While no one would hire him as he looked for a job, Yigal had a desire to go to art school as well as always having an eye and affinity for fashion. Sometimes adversity creates incredible opportunities for people to find their true calling, and Yigal Azrouel created a small collection with 10 styles which was picked up by Barneys! What a designer dream… first store to carry the brand new collection was Barneys in New York. You can’t deny the guy has talent!
In 2003, Yigal Azrouel opened his first free standing boutique in NYC’s Meat Packing District. The space was designed by Dror Benshetrit and has become famous for the architecture and aesthetic, landing the boutique magazine and other publication features. Yigal describes his boutique as “very simple, but when you walk in you get a sense of who I am and what I do.” Definitely going on my list of places to visit next time I’m in NYC.
The designer who says he’s always thinking of “how I can improve and connect” spoke of his Spring 2014 collection inspiration as “architecture and deconstruction… playing with lighting and shadow and creating texture.” Known for his expert draping, Yigal says Spring was more about “playing with the materials. Kind of a work in progress with things built on the body. Very simple.” You see feminine shapes in a simple print or an edgy moto jacket with unique small details and flattering sheath dresses with subtle cutouts throughout the collection.
So many in the fashion industry drool over the designer for his looks, but my heart was overjoyed to meet Yigal Azrouel for all of the incredible designs he creates that I fall in love with season after season! A man who understands the nuances of dressing the female shape with details that make the simplicity so unique. And, Yigal donned a leather moto jacket (which he designed) when we met - a piece style seekers have grown to count on from the designer. He consistently turns out his own interpretations of a fresh, new take on the moto jacket every year. Do we hear menswear in his future? I’m perfectly ok with all of Yigal’s attention being directed to us women, though :)
Such a pleasure to see Yigal Azrouel’s collection on the runway in Houston and to meet the man behind the beautiful designs! He even creates some accessories like the clutch I carried in the photo with him, scarves, and the occasional piece of jewelry. I guarantee you’ll continue to see Yigal Azrouel (inducted into the CFDA in 2004) making an impact in the fashion world for years to come!
Check out some of the Yigal Azrouel Collection online: