Indie crowd favorite Rachel Comey threw her fans for a loop this Fashion Week when she unveiled a fall collection of elegant, streamlined looks in a sophisticated palette of black, white and gray. Gone were the geek chic ensembles cut from vintage-inspired fabrics of Comey's past collections; in their place, we saw solid knits, blazers, dresses and trousers in sleek, ladylike silhouettes. Despite a predominantly simple color palette, Comey infused the line with texture and modernity through an abundance of laser-cut cotton, wax-dipped felt, and complex lace patterns.
The show was not totally devoid of print; a few models strut the runway in slightly more characteristically Comey printed dresses and blouses, yet in a far more grown up feel than we've seen from her. My favorite touches of Comey's collection? A very Audrey Hepburn-esque black wool coat with leather bodice, a fresh breath of color from an electrifying persimmon-hued coat, and the dainty dotted socks that adorned the models' feet. It was a collection that came off the beaten path for Comey, but one that seems to have paved the way for more sartorial excellence to come!
- Stephanie Wu