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Yigal Azrouël gets dangerous

A model walks the runway at the Yigal

A model walks the runway at the Yigal Azrouel fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Highline Stages in Manhattan. (Feb. 8, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

It’s not very often a designer admits wanting to scare you. Well, not scare, but Yigal Azrouël certainly wants to give you goosebumps. His collection hints of “danger” and a “chilling allure,” he writes in his program notes. Wear this gear and you’ll appear intriguing, maybe a little intimidating, he seems to say.

Nowhere is this more apparent than his bold, brazen outerwear. A massive, burgundy cashmere cape exudes mystery and melodrama. Long proper overcoats are adorned with industrial zippers around the biceps. And the silver fox coats — linebacker-wide — are for gals not content to play wallflower. This hulking bit of fluff (one version trimmed with stripes) requires a major investment in luxury and self-assertion.

For girlier types, he offers up a series of LBDs, little black dresses with wraparound panels and those zippers again, this time on a high slit exposing lots of leg. 

Still tough stuff, but for his softest customer he serves up a boucle moto-top sweater with zipper, stitch-pocket details and lambskin collar. You’ll want to curl up by the fire in that one, although it looks so plush and cozy maybe you won’t need the fire. Either way, it’ll be hard to resist.

And that’s what he’s going for here. Irresistability. Looking at someone wearing his wardrobe, he wrote, is like seeing a “mysterious poisonous flower — so delicate and filled with beauty that you can’t resist, but if pursued, it may kill you.” And you thought it just went from day to night.