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Edited by on February 11 2012 at 3:25 PM

Yigal Azrouël‘s fall 2012 show was dedicated to the “unintentional beauty in mystery” refracted through the lens of a woman both “fearless in her outlook and quiet in her confidence.” And that woman might easily have been Evelyn Mulwray – the heroine from Roman Polanski‘s classic 70s film noir Chinatown – portrayed brilliantly by Faye Dunaway. To wit, Azrouël’s collection mixed the mystery of the film noir femme fatale with the luxe glamour of the 70s then threw a giant raccoon hat on top of it all. 

#NYFW Cheat Sheet: Yigal Azrouël AW 2012


Color Palette: Evergreen, red oak and heather grey

Mood: Dark but sensual, mysterious and glamorous

Statement Pieces: Obviously the aforementioned giant raccoon hats as well as an opulent silver fox coat. But a sheer python print silk chiffon gown paired with leather evening gloves — a reoccurring and rather lovely accessory featured throughout the entire collection — was sublime.

Front Row Name Drops: Tried my darndest but I couldn’t recognize anyone. Guess it’s time I brush up on my directory of mid-range celebrities.

Runway Music: “Too Insistent” by The Dø

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