Yigal Azrouel Interview
Written For: AskMen.com
Belted coats that cinch your waist, shrunken schoolboy suits, knee-high laced-up boots, and pants that fit more like a ballet legging than, well, pants — after combing through the Fall ’09 shows, sometimes it seems like designers don’t have the slightest sartorial clue about what men will (actually) wear.
Though his men’s line has only been around for two years, the New Yorker has been one of the pioneers transforming American menswear into the salient casual-deluxe market of the moment, and establishing a style you’ll be seeing a lot of this fall: layers of deconstructed, lived-in clothes.
Sachin Bhola: As a newcomer to men’s fashion, what challenges do you face designing menswear?
Yigal Azrouel: Well, with womenswear, I am a drape designer, so I have to switch gears in a sense because there isn’t as much drape in menswear. It isn’t really a challenge though, it’s more like one of the contrasts that makes the process more interesting.
Sachin: What’s on your iPod playlist?
Yigal: Iggy Pop, David Bowie , Nirvana, Chairlift, and the Violens.