Behind the Seams: Yigal Azrouel



RTR and Yigal Azrouel want to offer you the chance to own an Yigal Azrouel statement leather jacket; an essential for the Fall 2010 season. Stay tuned for details on how to enter to win and keep up with the latest news with Yigal Azrouel and the soon to launch Inside the Studio blog.

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If I had to pick one fashion crush, it would totally be Yigal Azrouel. Not only is he completely gorgeous, but my junior prom dress was from his first collection in 1998, which I bought at a great store around the corner from my apartment on the upper east side called Nellie M. (it has since vanished, a victim of the recession).


His clothes are to die for, and his fluid, feminine draping has given him the kind of staying power other designers dream of. Read on for his inspiration and learn why we are totally putting this amazing leather jacket on our "can't live without it this fall" list. –Lara


Yigal Azrouel


1. What inspired your Fall 2010 collection? 

The FW10 collection was a fresh take on sportswear and tailoring inspired both by menswear and an architectural, minimal approach.


2. How did you go about designing the prints in this collection?

I always work with my team to find prints that feel modern, whether it’s inspired by a book, artwork, vintage scarves, African textiles made into artwork, really the inspiration can come from anywhere.  From there we work on layout, scale, and color palettes


3. Which part of the design process do you like the best?

Draping. When a new fabric that we ordered comes in, it’s a new experience every time.  I can’t wait to break off a piece (yes, literally pull off a yard or two) and start to drape on a mannequin.


Yigal Azrouel SketchYigal Azrouel Sketch One Shoulder


4. How is the Yigal Azrouel brand growing in 2010 (2011)?

It’s been a busy year for me. For Fall ’10 I expanded my handbag assortment and scarves, and will have my first shoe collection for Spring ’11, which has been something I have been wanting to do for years.  I also launched a contemporary brand called Cut25 which is hitting stores now.


5. If you could sit front row at a fashion show for any designer in history, who would it be and why?

Can I pick one from every decade?  I think early YSL is something I would have liked to have experienced.  I was at a Christian Dior couture show, under Gianfranco Ferre, in the mid-90’s and it was definitely an inspiring moment.


6. How do you celebrate finishing a collection?

I like to be surrounded by the people that helped make it happen, my team.  It really takes so much energy and dedication from a lot of people to make a collection happen.  Then get out of town to clear my head since a new collection is always right around the corner.  Not sure where I will be going after the NY shows in September but I hope it involves surfing.


7. If a girl was going to purchase her first Yigal piece, what would you want it to be? 

Definitely one of my signature washed leather jackets.  The newest version is in cognac and is convertible into a jacket, vest and cropped bolero.  There’s a lot of value because each shape looks cool.


Yigal Azrouel Runway LookYigal Azrouel Lookbook