Mar29

My Afternoon with Yigal Azrouel

Me with Yigal Azrouel, who is wearing his own jacket and an American Apparel tee.

Yesterday, Israeli-born designer Yigal Azrouel showed off his spring/summer collection at Saks at Bal Harbour Shops. I got the opportunity to chat up Azrouel about his namesake line, as well as Cut25, his ready to wear collection. A little FYI: Cut25 is named such because cut is a word Azrouel frequently uses, and 25 is the day he was born (in August), as well as the mark of the letter Y in the alphabet. He’s hoped the line would obtain its own identity, instead of just being dubbed a less expensive collection, which is why he didn’t put his name on it directly.

Who do you design for?

I always think about a woman with confidence. She’s fashion forward, confident, effortless. She thinks less is more.

What’s your favorite piece from each collection?

When I design a collection, I see it as a complete collection. It’s hard for me to separate them. I can’t like one more than the other. They work together.

OK, but that orange dress from Cut25 is pretty amazing. [Note how I’ve just picked one for him.]

Who is your favorite celebrity to dress?

I work a lot with Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman. I don’t particularly design for them, I don’t make special clothes for celebrities. For me, I always think of it as the one is who simple, who doesn’t try too hard.

What do you do in your spare time?

I surf.

Do you have any plans to open a shop in the Design District or Bal Harbour?

They [the Design District] reached out to me and it’s something we are talking about.

Here’s to brunch at Michael’s and a stop in at your hopefully upcoming boutique.

Yigal Azrouel with Miami fashion bloggers: Electric Blogarella, The Fashion Poet and The Wordy Girl. Because I know all you single ladies out would be wondering: Yes, this easy-on-the eyes designer is up for grabs. But you’ll have to fly to his motherland of Israel to find him. He’ll be celebrating Passover with his fam next week. Don’t forget to pack some matzah.

Taking a break between tweets at The Blogger’s Corner, a first at Saks. See what we had to say at #yigalsaksbalharbour

Yigal Azrouel posing with his designs. Loving the yellow.

For me, this neon dress defines Yigal Azrouel’s style. It’s sleek, sexy and draped in the most stunning of ways. Absolute perfection. I’ll take one, please.

What I wore: Anna Sui for Target, vintage jewelry, vintage clutch and $20 shoes from a company you’ve never heard of.