First Look: Yigal Azrouel

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Yigal Azrouel showed his Spring 09 collection at the Eyebeam in Chelsea - it's the same place he showed last year, and the same place Alexander Wang loves to show - and we decided it's our new favorite venue. However, the airy, concrete-floored, brick-walled space contradicted the pastiche collection. Yigal showed a few signature pieces including baby soft leather jackets and the thinnest jersey we've ever seen layered under sheer chiffon dresses - but otherwise, we kept whispering, "Stella!" or "Lanvin!" or "Matthew Williamson!" It wasn't that we didn't like it, it was just that we felt we'd seen most of it before. Those bathing suits though, we might not know who can actually wear them, but they're amazing. Pre-show highlights included Kelly Cutrone, in sunglasses, getting snapped by the photographers a la celebrity, Nina Garcia shuffling to her front row seat and Cory Kennedy rocking flannel like it was 1994. Post-show highlights included Yigal's wave, because, well, he's super cute. But you knew that already. ps. For those of you who might have wondered, the gift bags did, in fact, include a few boxes each of those Yigal Azrouel condoms. And now you kow.