If you've rocked the shrunken-leather jacket and draped cocktail dress combo, chances are you were inadvertently copping Yigal Azrouël's signature look, developed 12 years ago by the Israel-to-NYC transplant. Since the launch of his eponymous womenswear label, Azrouël has opened a flagship boutique in the Meatpacking District, been inducted into the CFDA, and debuted a full menswear and capsule accessories collection. It's a fashion journey that's made the designer's name synonymous with modern sportswear. And while we've often coveted the dude's signature duds, the prices have always been a bit prohibitive for serious stockpiling. Enter Cut25, a secondary line that combines Azrouël's recognizable aesthetic with affordabish price-points—almost every piece is undr $500. Most everything is produced in NYC at Yigal's own studio, making the fall '10, and the new resort '11 collections a paean to high fashion with a downtown sensibility. Look for lots of going-out dresses, oversized jersey tops, and, of course, his swoon-worthy leather in the form of leggings and jackets in flattering silhouettes. This is one line you won't want to "cut" out of your wardrobe.
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