Rachel Comey Pre-Fall 2021
Ah, the glamour of travel. Remember it? The snaking lines at airport security, the lukewarm lasagna served on a plastic tray, the baggage carousel revolving, revolving, revolving, refusing to spit out your suitcase as your destination awaits outside. How we long for such inhumanities! You can practically taste the lust for a holiday in Rachel Comey’s latest outing. As she explained at a masked appointment today back in February, fantasies of summer getaways loomed large when she was conjuring this high-spirited collection, which brims over with wild prints, bracing colors, and a good number of looks almost defiantly impractical. (To cite one example, I’d be intrigued to meet the woman wearing a semi-sheer crocheted tunic-and-flares ensemble for any reason other than sheer zest for life.) It’s nice to believe that we’re going to emerge from the pandemic dressing like this—peacocking about, having so much fun.
Comey being Comey, her flights of fancy were wearable, if not mundanely “functional.” There was nothing utilitarian about her cinched, strapless, scarf-print dress, for instance, but it was easy to imagine throwing it on for a beach jaunt in Amalfi—or Rockaway, whichever the case may be. Elsewhere, body-skimming gingham skirts and frocks were made from a stretchy bathing suit fabric that Comey also deployed in her swimwear, and denim came fuchsia-dyed and blown up to ’80s proportions. The little shift dresses and oversize tops big enough to be worn alone echoed the collection’s footloose-and-fancy-free vibe, while the notional amount of tailoring shown—notably, a pair of smartly cropped and printed trousers—hinted ever-so-gently at a return to the office. Ah, the glamour of office life! Remember that?
Published at Fri, 21 May 2021 13:12:22 +0000