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Yigal Azrouel Spring 2013 Runway Review

Even though Mother Nature's seasons are becoming less reliable, it's still startling to see dark, long-sleeved looks striding down the catwalk for 'spring.' Much has been said about the antiquated nature of the six month fashion calendar but maybe Yigal Azrouel has found the answer with this collection of seasonless wares. It's no surprise that it was filled with light, effortless looks that would be as easy to wear as a t-shirt and jeans, but where Azrouel departed from his usual safe collections was in the execution. At first glance, this new directional showing was jarring, but it's a grower. The waffle-knit tops and long tank dresses will become summer staples for any city woman but it's too early to tell whether the detachable hood will be the new detachable collar.

As the show ran on, the looks got darker and more severe. The proportions of the earlier looks were incredibly simple, therefore mostly wearable, but as more fabric was thrown into the mix, it was increasingly awkward. We've got nothing against awkward proportions, if done well, but paired with Azrouel's architechrual style, a few of the looks felt a bit incomplete.