Yigal Azrouël Showed On 9/11 Because ‘Life Moves On’

A friend of Styleite’s declared to us earlier this week that she wouldn’t be attending shows on 9/11 out of respect for the tragic event’s 10th anniversary. But that sentiment didn’t stop a handful of big designers from staging some very high-profile shows.

Those shows included Yigal Azrouël‘s presentation for cut25, a relatively new contemporary line which is growing rapidly. In addition to Azrouel, Derek Lam, Tracy Reese and Lela Rose put on shows — and so did fashion giants Diane von Furstenberg and Tommy Hilfiger. (The seats at Hilfiger’s show were supplied with a card saying that the brand had donated money to the New York Police and Fire Widow’s and Children’s Benefit Fund, with information on how attendees could make donations, too.)

But Azrouël, whose spring collection is sort of an acid-washed pastel dream of early 80s surfing culture, told us that while he gets why people wouldn’t want to be out and about on 9/11, it would be unhealthy for everything to come to a halt on this day.

“I totally understand and my heart and my mind is there, but in the same time, I think life moves on,” he said. “We have to continue to do what we’re doing. It’s not that we don’t think about that. I was there when that happened. I did my show a day before. I experienced it myself in a way, you know. But you have to keep moving. It’s not healthy to stop you from what you’re supposed to be doing.”

And that’s the thing about fashion. It’s always looking forward. Take a peek at what cut25 is doing for spring below.


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