Yigal Azrouel and I have a Chat

When it comes to ultra feminine and modern designs, Yigal Azrouël has got it in the bag. The Israeli-born designer of French-Moroccan descent launched his eponymous women’s wear label in 1998 to critical acclaim and by 2000 began participating in New York Fashion Week. Best known for his feminine designs and expert use of draping, self-taught Azrouël paid Miami a visit today at Saks Bal Harbour for a personal appearance.

Dressed in a mix of high-and-low (Yigal moto jacket, American Apparel Tee, Ralph Lauren jeans and Hollywood shoes from Tokyo), I kinda sorta maybe fell in love with the design wiz — I mean, really, with those come-hither looks and ridiculous talent, who wouldn’t? Here’s our chat.

Your atelier is located in New York’s Garment District and you source 70 percent of the collection locally, why is this important to you? I like to cook my own food, if you know what I mean.  I also want to support our local economy.

Why are your creations the perfect fit for Miami woman? Miami has a wonderful energy. The women here are very sexy and trendy.

You are here today to show us your separate, under-the-radar line, Cut 25. Describe Cut 25 for those not-in-the-know. Cut 25 is my younger, trendier collection. It’s named Cut 25 because it started with 25 pieces, my lucky number is 25 and the letter Y is the 25th letter in the alphabet. I was also born on August 25.

Share with us something most people don’t know about you: I am the youngest of eight children!

When in Miami, what is your go-to restaurant? I enjoy Carpaccio at Bal Harbour Shops and recently ate at Cecconi’s at Soho House which was very good as well.

Where do you like to shop when in the Magic City? I really like walking around the Design District.

Ooh, do we forsee a future Design District Yigal Azrouël standalone store? Ha ha! Maybe.

Where are you staying on this particular jaunt? The St. Regis Bal Harbour. It’s amazing.

If you weren’t a designer, what would be plan B? I would have been a surfer. Most definitely.

Electric Blogarella, The Fashion Poet, Yigal and moi

Oooh…a Saks Bal Harbour first — drum roll please — a Blogger’s Twitter lounge. Loved that! Follow me @MariaTettamanti.


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