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Held again at the far-flung (but ever-intimate) Pioneer Works in Red Hook (sorry, Alex, but this designer beat you to Brooklyn), Rachel Comey's evening-long fall collection presentation was meant to be savored, course by course. (The dinner was just as delicious.) Always exploring the fringes of fashion, Comey's wares are the armor of a select (and very chic) group of gals who prefer their clothing unique but not weird. Think Gaby Hoffmann and Parker Posey, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Cindy Sherman…and us, too.
Comey is a master of layering, and we particularly liked how she tied a wooly, thick cardigan sweater around the waist of a sleeveless shirtdress in a way that feels less Cobain and more, well, Comey. And, that's something she does so well — Comey is able to use real-life pieces and employ real-life styling techniques and somehow create otherworldly effects that feel as aspirational as they are attainable. An around-the-waist pullover that looks as regal as a ball-gown peplum? Believe us when we say we're going to be trying it out with pieces already in our closet. In the same vein, Comey used (non-black!) leggings to great, elegant lengths, layering them under cutoff trousers, having them peek out from beneath sheer skirts, and adding a sock-like embellishment to basic, black midi-dresses. It's a layering tip you can start doing tomorrow.
Continuing her exploration of the subtly threadbare denim, Comey's jeans feel tattered — but not by the hand of any teenager. These pieces are seemingly worn down by a sophisticate and rubbed to a downy finish, with dime-sized rips popping up around seams and shoulders, not sandblasted into oblivion. Elsewhere, Comey presented lovely coordinating shifts-over-trousers, oversized drop-waist blouses, Grimes-style line drawings, and a sparkling mohair pant that feels as fantastical as it does homespun. All in all, Comey's club is one that feels good to be in. Preaching nostalgia, practicality, unconventionality, and cleverness, we're looking forward to the next group meeting. See you in September!