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In an effort to make reading Racked as much like being in the tents as humanly possible, we'll be liveblogging the shows all week, from the suspense of waiting in line (will the seats be any good?) to the drama of the runway (will anyone stumble?) to the post-show euphoria. This time around: Tough, drapey looks from Yigal Azrouël.
Show Location:Bryant Park, The Promenade
The skinny: The French-Moroccan/Israeli designer Yigal Azrouel is known just as much for his sex appeal as for his equally downtown looks.
Celebs spotted: Emmanuelle Chriqui, Miss Jay
The takeaway: Clothing almost as sexy as Yigal himself, we saw more body-con dresses looking like were wrapped with fabric, some blatantly Herve-inspired. Not to mention a huge resurgence of the strong-shouldered boyfriend blazer look, open-toe black ankle booties, and the occasional harem pant. Overall, very wearable and on-trend. We like.
11:10am: There's a woman heading into Yigal wearing the Christian Siriano for Payless green pumps.
11:11am: This is the pregnant woman show. Have seen two with big bellies and one with a very new baby in a sling.
11:20am: Most popular purses being carried at Yigal by guests: Chanel and Anya Hindmarch.
11:30am: No flashbulbs for celebs means no celebs. Guess they learned their lesson after last season's Ashley Dupré fiasco.
11:32am: Starting! Plastic off the runway.
11:34am: Lots of black and grey. Kinda Wangy.
11:36am: Very thing grey jersey. Jailbird stripes on men.
11:38am: Very greasy wet hair on models.
11:41am: Strong shoulders and open toe black ankle boots are soooo sticking around for awhile.
11:42am Very worn, frayed bags being shown for men.
11:44am: Miss J is right across from me in the front row. Emmanuelle Chriqui from Entourage is also here, apparently.
11:46am: Body con dresses JUST like at BCBG.