You are going to see a lot of back and forth from me this week as I cover ONLY the collections I loved...what I mean by this, is that I am equally enamored with this power rock chic image a la Wang and several others and an overt romantic, femininity or girliness celebrated by my new "adulation" Rachel Comey.
Rachel Comey is another designer who stays true to her vision...no overt trendiness for her. She creates charming clothes that have sort of a raw sex appeal. Sure the styling has a lot to do with this, but I always feel like there is this underlying "come hither" attitude in every piece. She has an amazing knack for tapping into our coquettish nature and for bringing us fashion that makes us simply feel good. If you recall, her Spring show was one of my top 5 favorites and although Fall didn't make me swoon quite as much, I still feel compelled to comment.
Several of the looks were a bit heavy...lots of layering and at times, tough to wear shapes. That said, the strength of the collection is and has always has been in her whimsical use of prints. I am always I big fan of wearing spring-like, floral prints all year (I talk about this often) and Rachel Comey gives us some of the best to work with. I still love the romance of layering these dresses with great knitwear and Rachel also delivers with some of the best sweaters of the season...her double-layered cardigans (her signature) are enchanting and her distressed pieces (a nod to Rodarte perhaps) add that downtown, cool chick factor (also a signature). She also is one of the best at subtle and sometimes overt pattern mixing and while there was less of it this time around, when it worked, it WORKED. Finally, although I just said that some of the shapes were difficult, she experimented effectively with some of the draped, tulip-like skirts. The overall collection felt perhaps a little bit more grown up than the spring line, but Rachel Comey still delivered an evocative show that celebrated our feminine wiles. In my book, she is definitely one to covet and one that will make you covetable!!!!