Fashion Week: Sore Feet and Simplicity with Yigal Azrouël


As one can imagine, it’s exhausting to stand still in five-inch platform heels — but to march in them for over an hour is just painful. Models had to stand in grids, rotate, and walk around the Highline Stages this Saturday to present Yigal Azrouël’s contemporary line, Cut 25. Luckily, the staff would come in occasionally to give the models water through a straw and make sure that they were replenished enough to do more strutting.

The cuteness factor of the presentation was not just the marching and the fresh and vibrant clothes, but how they were accessorized. Models wore oversized visors along with neon-colored jewelry and accessories that made the paler-shaded garments pop.

This whimsicality was a definite change from what Azrouël showed the day before in his Spring 2012 collection. The flowy, loose-fitting dresses with plunging necklines, wide-legged lambskin trousers, suits, and leather staples were essentially bling-less, accessorized minimally with sleek black suede pumps and tortoiseshell sunglasses. It was refreshing to see how, sometimes, simplicity wins.