>> They're making their lists — and checking them twice. Here come the holidays, and who better to spread the cheer than some of our favorite fashionable insiders? From the super-luxe accessories topping Melissa Coker's and Leandra Medine's lists to the souped-up sporting goods desired by Yigal Azrouel and Peter Som, here's a look at what those in the know are coveting this season. See who's hoping for Burberry, who's hoping for Hermes, and who's just hoping for some sleep — plus, glean gift-giving ideas from Anna Sheffield, Lauren Bush Lauren, Derek Lam, Stephanie LaCava, and more — all here, in the slideshow.
If looks could kill Dan Humphrey better make a run for it. Serena van der Woodsen is all business in a two-tone Yigal Azrouel frock, Rag and Bone cardigan, and python Yves Saint Laurent platforms. She styled her airy ensemble with a chunky Jody Candrian cuff, Stephen Dweck earrings, and a Mulberry tote. Shop now to snag Serena's exact shoes with other similar items.
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Yigal Azrouel has a way with drape; his collections are known for their sexy sleek dresses. In recent seasons he's experimented with sporty silhouettes and edgy styles, but for Spring 2012 he returned to a much sleeker, simpler point. We couldn't be happier. Figure-flattering dresses, done in a clear, solid palette, shone. Many had thigh-high slits, all of them had a fluidity that made for easy Spring dressing. Our favorite? Any of the bold red dresses; they're major statement makers.
Pre-Fashion Week Profile: Yigal Azrouel Shares His FNO Plans, Guilty Pleasures, Plus an Exclusive Sketch!
With just days before Fashion Week, we caught up with the dapper Yigal Azrouel — whose designs have been worn by Rihanna, Olivia Wilde, and Gwyneth Paltrow to name a few — to chat about what he does to stay sane during the madness, his Fashion's Night Out plans, and songs on his playlist. Check out an exclusive sketch from his Cut25 Spring 2012 collection below, then start reading to learn more about the designer.
Guilty pleasure during Fashion Week: Massages!
Fashion’s Night Out plans: It’s the night before my women’s show, but I will be at Saks both for Yigal Azrouël and Cut25.
Favorite songs: Hot Chip's “Hand Me Down Your Love”, MGMT's “Someone’s Missing”, and LCD Soundsystem's “Dance Yrself Clean.”
Surprises for Spring '12: This is the first time that I am doing three shows so it is quite hectic, but that is what I find the most exhilarating about the whole process and experience. We are also experimenting with a lot of new proportions and playing with a lot of fabric manipulation.
Yigal talks about his favorite model of the moment, his Fall uniform, and post-Fashion Week plans
Claire Danes looked gorgeous in a houndstooth Yigal Azrouel dress at the MCC Theater's 25th Anniversary Gala in NYC. She kept her accessories cohesive — opaque tights, patent pumps, chandelier earrings, and a double-finger ring. Her loose curls, natural makeup, and a berry lip finished off her effortless look. Shop now to get Claire's exact dress and other like items.
St. Patrick's Day will be here on Thursday, and soon we'll all be awash in green beer and holographic shamrock glitter. The holiday doesn't necessitate throwing on a leprechaun hat, though. You can get into the St. Pat's Day spirit in lots of ways, many of them quite pretty and even (gasp!) nonalcoholic. So check a few picks for going green the fashionable way, whether you're hitting up a parade or just going for a couple of chartreuse cocktails after work.
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Fashion Week's penultimate day was a restatement — and in some ways a restructuring — of the trends we've seen all week. New, softer iterations of textured, ratted hair, dramatic eye color, and braiding came down the runway, with a little naturalism to balance things out. It was one of the week's most wearable days, so check out our picks and see which looks you'd be excited to try for yourself.