Yigal Azrouel approaches a modern minimalism in a way that really knocks that 90’s Calvin Klein style out of your mind when you think of the word “minimalism.” It seems as if we can’t dress without layers much of the time, anymore, and this collection says that’s okay, that can still be minimalist. And extra emphasis is put on the layered effect with one of my favorite trends of Spring 2010 – cut outs. Slashed tops and vests, asymetrical cardigans on men and women, this is very New York layered, not Hollywood, California layered. “Fabric is slashed with scalpel precision to create graphic, bold shapes,” the show notes say. Easy tailoring and a muted color palette allow the shapes to and cutouts to remain the focus of each garment.
“The collection and silhouettes are more defined and structured, I played with the contrast of bands and outlines against skin,” Yigal says. While Rodarte may be getting all the post-apocolyptic buzz for spring 2010, in a less dramatic end of the world scenario, I can see Yigal’s stern faced women and men repopulating the earth quite stylishly.