Yigal Azrouel Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2015 New York

“Everything starts with fabric,” said Yigal Azrouel after his Spring 2015 show. “I start with the fabric and then create a color story and a mood board.” So that meant this season things started with silks, twill and a guipure that all imbued the collection with a heft of texture, that served the designer well. Slightly abstract representations of palm leaves came as slight appliqué on fil coupe shirts while the backs of silk georgette tops, which came with the arms slit open, were treated with a bold palm embroidery.

That palm was a sticking point for the collection and is a continuing muse for the designer. “I use that because for me it has a nice texture,” Azrouel explained. “For me, palm trees also represent a woman and her beauty. No matter where you go when you see palm trees, the sun is shining and they add something to it.”

Speaking of that sunshine and those palm trees, the collection seemed tailor made for the beach.  There were those aforementioned arm slits, and then a few trousers that seemed like reverse skirts (trouser legs in the front with a panel of fabric in the back) that the designer sourced from sarong inspirations. And even when the collection did take a slightly unexpected turn for the dark, chest cut outs and exposed shoulders kept things light, though exits 26 and 29 seemed unneeded.