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The Split-Second Preview: Yigal Azrouël


The Fall ’14 Ready-to-Wear collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before the new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length at 140 characters or less. Our entire collection of Fall ’14 previews is available here.

Yigal Azrouel

WHO: Yigal Azrouël

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Sunday, February 9

WHAT: “Stark contradiction meets linear definition. I’m mixing sumptuous fabrics and graphics to create shapes that have depth and dimension.”—Yigal Azrouël. The designer sent us a pair of Fall ’14 inspiration images, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Yigal Azrouël

Yigal Azrouël: Lord of the Dance


Yigal Aztouel Dance CostumesYigal Azrouël is often inspired—as his signature fluid draping suggests—by movement. So it’s no surprise then that the designer was choreographer Emery LeCrone’s top pick to design a set of dance costumes for the Guggenheim’s next Works & Process performance. The two-night show, which kicks off on March 23, fuses contemporary and classical dance and music.

From his midtown studio, Azrouël told that there had been one caveat: “I saw what had been done in the past with all these tutus, and I told them I wasn’t interested in making something so traditional.” True to his word, Azrouël designed a tutu-less collection of luxurious, super-graphic wares inspired by New York architecture. The looks debut exclusively here. “To be honest, I was nervous since I wasn’t really sure how it was going to work,” confessed Azrouël. “I was playing with and deconstructing what I’ve done before.” Using the same white, gray, and black leather and silk embroideries seen in his Spring ’14 collection, Azrouël created dimension and structure via laser cutting and doubling.

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After a series of fittings and impromptu dance performances in his studio, the designer couldn’t have been more pleased with the results. “When the dancers tried the costumes on, they told me they never wore something so comfortable and so cool,” he said. But the real question is, did Azrouël learn some new dance moves? He laughed and said, “I did pliés and relevés.”

Photo: Erez Sabag Studios; Sketches: Yigal Azrouel

Misty Rabbit Talks Spinning Fashion’s Soundtracks


Misty Rabbit

There’s no shortage of deejays on the fashion scene, with your Misshapes and your Harleys and your Alexas and what have you. But Mimi Xu—who goes by the name of Misty Rabbit when she’s on the decks—has a particularly impressive knack for blending unexpected musical genres (think Berlin’s ambient electro mixed with classical jazz fading into a cool spin of disco-funk) into cohesive and oh-so-catchy sets. She’s an eager bunny, and knows just how to get the party going for the likes of Miu Miu, Prada, Fendi, Acne Studios, and too many others to name. This season, the Shanghai- and Copenhagen-raised but London-based sound designer is as busy as ever. She mixed the soundtracks for Yigal Azrouël, Catherine Malandrino, Tome, and Ostwald Helgason in New York, developed runway music for Topshop, Julien Macdonald, and Emilia Wickstead in London, and dropped a special Fall/Winter mix for just last week. Next up? A hotly anticipated party for Moncler’s Pharrell Williams collaboration in Paris this evening, and a personal design project, which will undoubtedly become the requisite accessory for music-loving cool girls come holiday season. Here, Xu talks to about her mix, the difference between playing parties and runways, and her favorite new artists.

You’ve done a lot of shows this season. How does deejaying a fashion show differ from deejaying a party?
Deejaying is about a spontaneous, fun, and playful way of sharing music. It’s about getting the party going. When you do a soundtrack, it’s very nerdy and unglamorous—you’re behind the scenes, you’re really working with the designer, and you’re creating something with the designer to really reflect his collection. It’s not about what I like. Of course, it’s about my influences and my take on music. But I’m there to showcase the collection. I love doing both, but they’re very different. Show soundtracks take a lot longer. It’s a much more technical process—it’s much more creative, and it’s more intellectual. And with soundtracks, everything’s set in stone previously. On the day of the catwalk, you don’t have to do anything besides cuing the show. But when you deejay, things never go to plan. Anything can happen on the dance floor. I can fill up the stage—who knows?

What have designers been asking you to play this season?
There are no specific trends this season. Each designer had their own inspirations. Musically, I went from Mississippi blues to Brazilian seventies experimental Tropicalia movement to psychedelic rave to classical theatrical to French electro. It’s a big range, so you need to be very erudite in your music knowledge. Designers need that.

What are you going to play for the Moncler-and-Pharrell Williams party?
I’ve been thinking today that we’re gonna do something quite hip-hop-y. But I don’t know! You can’t play Pharrell Williams tracks. I’d be embarrassed to play someone’s track when they’re in the room. So I’m not sure yet…. Obviously, I’m gonna have a lot of R&B and hip-hop, but it’s gonna go into disco and a few electronica-sounding tracks, too. I need to get people dancing, so I’ll see tonight how it will go. Continue Reading “Misty Rabbit Talks Spinning Fashion’s Soundtracks” »

The Split-Second Preview: Yigal Azrouel


The Spring ’14 collections are under way in New York, and will be followed by the shows in London, Milan, and Paris. Before their new clothes hit the runway, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Per usual, it’s a busy time for all—designers and fashion followers alike—so we’re continuing our split-second previews: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. Our entire selection of Spring ’14 previews is available here.

Yigal Azrouel

WHO: Yigal Azrouel

WHERE: New York

WHEN: Sunday, September 8

WHAT: “Manipulation of light through shadowing. Lines brought to life by the gaze. Pure, effortless, beauty through imperfection and confidence.”— Yigal Azrouel. The designer sent us an inspiration image, above.

Photo: Courtesy of Yigal Azrouel

An A+ For Architecture


Thom Browne at the Architizer A+ Awards GalaLast night, Architizer—an online architecture network for professionals and dabblers alike—hosted its inaugural A+ Awards gala at New York City’s Cedar Lake. And, according to the site’s CEO Marc Kushner, the event not only aimed to honor talents like Richard Meier, who won the lifetime achievement award, but also to make architecture more approachable for those in other creative realms. “We designed an event to help break architecture out of the echo chamber, so that other people can jump in and relate to it,” Kushner told Last night’s accolades honored a total of eighty-seven buildings in more than fifty two categories—including Jaklitsch/Gardner’s cubic Marc Jacobs flagship in Tokyo and THEVERYMANY’s Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama pop-up store at Selfridges in London.

“What they do is really amazing—it’s a great resource,” said attendee Joseph Altuzarra, one of many fashion designers present (Thom Browne and Yigal Azrouël also stopped by). Altuzarra offered that he has his own unique tie to architecture. “We have this factory in the north of France that does jersey—it was designed by Le Corbusier. Everything was done so carefully, it’s really beautiful.”

Photo: Matteo Prandoni/