New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009: Yigal Azrouel

You can always count on Yigal Azrouel to chill out Fashion Week. Catering to the downtown set, Yigal showed a luxurious, yet rugged, collection of cozy chic coats, stovepipe pants, statement dresses, and draped layers. The gal in Yigal looks like she's not trying too hard. The palette was smoky, with shots of red and purple, and ivory kept things crisp; black and gray never looked so good together. There was a perfect mix of constructive and slouch. Dramatic collars tickled my fancy, as well as a perfect camel fur chubby (below), and leather accents. The designer collaborated with jewelry designer Pamela Love, and exotic cuffs, claw earrings, and big silver rings delivered an even tougher vibe. At the same time, jaws were wagging about the controversial front row guest: Eliot Spitzer's ex-call girl, Ashley Dupre. Say what?

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