Israelis Are Taking Over New York Fashion Week Part 2

For Mirit Weinstock, having a fashion blogger somebody wear her dress and feather necklace to the shows at New York Fashion Week was a big deal. But other Israelis also had their moments at this week long fashion mega-event.

Elie Tahari’s First Runway Show at NYFW

Elie Tahari may be known throughout the US for high-fashion, luxury design, but he’s certainly not known for appearing at New York Fashion Week. Usually, he saves his clothes presentations for more intimate meetings in his NY showroom days before NYFW begins.

That’s why this year is a big deal for the Jerusalem-born designer with Iranian parents who came to America in 1971 originally working as an electrician.  The Wall Street Journal reported that Tahari wants to garner some buzz overseas.  The move hopes to increase the company’s business outside the US and get international editors and buyers hungry for the line during the high point of NYFW while the buzz is climbing.

It also speaks to the mindset that shoppers are looking for more affordable lines. “That Mr. Tahari will hold a show at the official venue of New York Fashion Week speaks to a more practical mindset in the fickle and sometimes snooty fashion industry.” WSJ says.  Nevertheless, Elie isn’t a trendsetting hotshot big name like Marc Jacobs (who had his showing the night before) and many fashion insiders and critics call his styles too practical.

Nevertheless, he’ll continue to be a mainstay on the fashion scene for 37 years old and while he’s built his label on American work clothes, he’ll always be an Israeli in my heart.

At the Show:

An homage to the “great women of the 20th century who traveled the globe in style.”

In true Elie Tahari form, his clothes were stylish, but practical aside from all the fur! Fox fur jackets, handbags, and vests! Also delicate but stylish pea coats. And of course, his expertly tailored sharp menswear suits that will always be winners. I also like the bold dark colors he used for other menswear.  Classic, timeless, practical. Beautiful.

Yigal Azrouel A Fashion Fixture at NYFW For The Past 10 Years!

Yigal Azrouel’s label is up there with Diane von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez, and Donna Karan. His expert draping and feminine pieces are unmatched…and this of course comes from a man who has no formal fashion training. But did you know he’s also Israeli-born of French-Moroccan descent? (And an Israeli hottie I might add!)

Still, he launched his first collection in New York and had his first appearance at NYFW in 1999.  Ten years later, he’s still going strong. He’s fresh and consistent. He has raw talent.  Sarah Jessica Parker and Natalie Portman have worn him. His designs have appeared  in Vogue. And did I mention that he’s a hottie? What’s not to love!

Still, let’s not forget that Israel is in his heart. “Despite his rapid ascent as a favorite of the jet set, Azrouel maintains close ties to his roots and his family in Israel – parents, five brothers and two sisters all residing in Israel – one sister living elsewhere,” Israel21c reported.

“My best friends in the world are in Israel and so is my family. I visit about four times a year and family and friends meet me when I’m traveling around the world,” he shares. “I love Israel. It’s a very emotional place for me. I can live anywhere in the world but Israel is always home.”

Nevertheless, he will continue to be a NYFW mainstay.

At the Show:

Yigal Azrouel is what you call a minimalist designer because he makes such an impact in so few pieces and such little fabric.  His pieces are classic and feminine, but far from simple.  This time, though, his layered minimalism offered an artistic twist as he used a hot Fall 2010 trend–cut-outs–to oomph up his pieces. There were slashed vests and slashed dresses.  But what I really loved was the way Yigal speaks to the current bold, sculpted, structured trend that I find ultimately trendy and outstandingly charming. (Not shown in the pictures above which are much more billowy and ruffled, another area he tackled in his show.) Because all that architecture and asymmetrical lining in the clothes truly speaks to how talented and precise that designer is.  And that’s Yigal Azrouel.

Muted colors, a little layering. Very New York.

Photos: Harper’s Bazaar, Runway Daily, Coutorture, NyMag,,

Coming Up: One Last Look at How A Fashionable Israeli (Who’s Not in the Fashion Industry I Might Add) Helped Add Something Special to New York Fashion Week.


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