Yigal Azrouël’s Girls Get Shoes, Too-------
We broke the news that Yigal Azrouël was debuting men’s boots and sandals with his Spring ’11 collection, and we’re glad to report that his female customers won’t go unshod, either. At his September 14 runway show, Azrouël’s models will tromp down the runway in—for the first time—the designer’s own footwear. (He’d previously collaborated with Manolo Blahnik on runway styles.) Like the men’s collection, the women’s shoes are produced by Peron, the Italian factory that also creates accessories for Givenchy and Maison Martin Margiela. Chunky-heeled pumps, peep-toe wedges, and flat sandals make up the debut collection, in a palette of black, nude, silver, and army green. “Designing the first shoe collection has been very natural for me,” Azrouël said. “I really took the same approach as I do for clothing design—exploring materials, finishings, and actually draping the shoe.” Same approach, same strong offering.