September 13, 2011 New York
The Yigal uniform is a little bit sporty, a little bit dressy, and a little bit leather—all at once. And that, in a nutshell, is what he showed. Looks that were skewing formal with a tuxedo jacket on top were pulled to the street with slubby sweat shorts. The drawstring track pant was elevated into what you could call a waist-tied tuxedo trouser; it came with a shirt half tucked in, the stiffness bent by the slouch.
One could argue that there are more realistic things to be seen on catwalks than sweat-suit gala garb and the like. It is very styled. But the message is only a message, though it's a good one: A uniform doesn't have to be a by-the-rule-book drag. Many of the looks Azrouël showed today weren't real-world ready. But the individual pieces had his usual streetwise charm—the kind that keeps them selling on the floor.