June 10, 2013 New York
Motorcycle jackets are consistent best sellers for Azrouël, and this season he posed the question: "How do you do a biker that doesn't feel too heavy?" His solution: swapping out standard leather for a breezy eyelet with grommetlike holes that was equal parts tough and sweet. The topper was one of the collection's standouts, as was a printed neoprene set that included a cropped rash-guard top and a matching flouncy skirt that gave the illusion of multiple layers. Several of the menswear-inspired looks here were welcome surprises—in particular, a sturdy cotton double-breasted shorts suit and a tailored tuxedo. Overall, though, while the lineup successfully updated some of Azrouël's signatures, it also felt a bit too safe.