Over the last few days I have been doing my online window-shopping for the new must have fall looks.  The colder months will be upon us sooner than we anticipate and I certainly don’t want to be caught empty handed without a few new goodies to update and refresh my look. Although I have not begun the annual fall wardrobe purge or even thought about taking out my winter clothes out of storage, I can’t help but look toward the future and see what latest pieces will become classics and enduring staples in my repertoire.
Look 11
So far I’ve only hit a few stores and my wish list has become quite extensive.  Let’s face it.  Given the opportunity I would let my greedy little hands purchase everything that caught my eye.  However since my economics dictate otherwise I have to plan wisely to ensure I can maximize my limited dollars spending dare I say? Budget!  Even with this constraint, my wish list has grown even longer as a result of one designer: Yigal Azrouel.
Azrouel launched his women’s line in 1998 and by 2004 was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America.  Known and loved for his super feminine designs, his clothes can be found in many of the high end retailers such as Nordstrom’s, Neiman’s and Saks to name of few, his own boutique in the Meat Packing District in New York and as of 2010, his own retail website, http://yigal-azrouel.com.  Fortunately in 2007, men also became the recipients of Mr. Azrouel’s talents with the introduction of his menswear line.
Azrouel has a refreshing take on men’s sportswear.  Although previous seasons have seen some trendy pieces, these looks helped to redefine today’s modern man’s style.  These past seasons have also included some classic pieces that could easily be carried into this season and probably for many years to come.  For 2012, the collection includes very wearable looks with a slight edge.  Stretch twill pants, slouchy wool trousers, fitted jackets and modern knitwear help keep otherwise traditional looks fresh and updated.  I was pleased to see the continued use of the red twill pant carried into fall, which we saw earlier this year from many designers.
Felted Wool Sweater
In my online shopping, I was disappointed that many of these newer looks were not available on the company’s website as of the date of this writing but I did find a nice representation at Saks Fifth Avenue.  The store’s current collection can be seen at http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/Yigal-Azrouel/The-Men-s-Store/shop/_/N-1z12ucnZ52flokZ6lvnb8/Ne-6lvnb6?brandLanding=true. My favorites include the felted wool stripe sweater, the blocked cable knit sweater and the wool knit pants.  One look and you can see why my wish list has gotten longer.  Until next time… Happy Shopping!
Photo’s: http://yigal-azrouel.com and http://www.saksfifthavenue.com