Rachel Comey opted out of a traditional runway show this season and, for the first time in 11 years, gave a small presentation over dinner. If intimacy was what the designer craved (the meal was attended by such Comey cool-girls as Rashida Jones, Parker Posey, and Maggie Gyllenhaal), it translated perfectly through her collection, which included vintage-inspired shorts suits and slouchy trousers — the perfect laid-back options for a brunch among close friends or a Saturday shopping trip with your best pal. Most exciting might have been the denim, a textile yet somewhat new for Comey. She played with different washes and levels of distress as well as silhouettes: the light palazzo pants and v-neck frayed shift dress were favorites. And if we could get our hands on that off-the-shoulder printed velvet (yes, springtime velvet!) dress, we'd be set for our next evening out.
We're always fans of Rachel Comey's cool-girl fashions, from her cult-favorite boots to her standout dresses. So when we heard that she had designed a capsule collection for Montauk hot spot Surf Lodge, we had to hear more, especially with a few key weeks of Summer beach weather remaining. Read on to find out what inspired the tees and what we can expect from her Spring 2014 collection, hitting the runway in just a few weeks at New York Fashion Week!
POPSUGAR: What inspired the collaboration?
Rachel Comey: We were brainstorming of a great place to experiment with retail as we are aiming to open a flagship at some point in the future, and we thought of our new swim collection and where it would find its best audience. Naturally, we thought of the east end during July, and naturally, we thought of Surf Lodge as the focal point of some quintessential weekend fun.
From oversize grunge appeal to classic cuts, there's no denying that denim jackets are back. Pair a boxier cut with a minidress for tomboy appeal, or pair a printed rendition with solid accompaniments for a head-turning look. Our favorite pairing? A sweet Summer dress topped with a jean jacket.
Rachel Comey's Fall '13 runway show highlighted gorgeous leather separates, cozy shearling, and polished prints — exactly what we'd like to add to our wardrobe right now. Honing in on her penchant for whimsical yet chic silhouettes, Comey offered up an array of textural Winter components: buttery soft leather separates — ranging from a structured leather top dipped in a rich caramel hue to a folded, knee-length skirt — and lots of shearling-embellished outerwear. The latter was showcased in a stunning, oversize deep orange biker coat with chocolate brown trim. Comey supplies her fans with new and playful prints every time, and this season, the designer utilized an assortment of metallic cheetah, bold florals, and galactic patterns across an array of sleek fitted dresses and smart separates. Check out the top 10 moments from her Fall '13 collection right now in the slideshow.
It was all about black leather, burnt orange, and rockabilly slouch at Rachel Comey's Fall 2013 show on Wednesday in New York. Models in choppy black pixie wigs skulked down the runway like undercover agents to a live set by noise-pop band Blonde Redhead. The vibe was downtown, dark, and much moodier than Comey's shows of the recent past — and the clothes were plenty cool to match. Silhouettes ran the gamut from sleek (pencil-skirted shift dresses with knot-twist details) to boxy (oversized baseball jackets over billowing leather skirts) and came in borrowed-from-the-boys fabrics like washed-out denim, shearling, and buffalo-check tweed. Of course, there were also plenty of Comey's signature quirky prints — watery tie-dye dots, neo-mod daisies, floating crimson florals — for just a hint of girlish charm.
The birth of her second child in September had Rachel Comey "thinking about different body shapes. Like those without perfect waists," she said. As a result, much of her Pre-Fall 2013 collection was easy to wear, soft, and in some cases even a little boxy. A single-breasted coat dress fell straight from the shoulders to right above the knee, and a wool motorcycle-style jacket was cut generously. A sleeveless leather shirt floated away from the body, as did a number of other shirts, mimicking the A-line skirts they were sometimes paired with.
That doesn't mean there weren't figure-flattering pieces, too. One sweater depicting the Brooklyn Bridge in black and white stayed close to the body, and so did a black dress with embroidered accents.
Photos: Gus Powell courtesy of Rachel Comey