It was a dark and stormy night… literally, at Rachel Comey’s show Friday night. We were kept packed in the entranceway of the Salmagundi Art Club waiting for the show to start, and once inside, the stage was set for a seance.
There was the essence of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion with a chandelier above the runway and eerie painted portraits lining the walls (we half expected to see model apparitions floating down the runway in a rehashing of McQueen’s infamous Kate Moss hologram). After a head-turning spring collection, we weren’t surprised to hear whispers of “Rachel is so orginial” and “she totally has it”, in a room full of mismatched Victorian couches and chairs reserved for editors from Nylon, V, Harper’s , and Vogue- to name a few. Spotted front and center were Vogue‘s Lawren Howell and fashion front row fixture Lynn Yaeger. A definite sign that Rachel Comey is one to watch.
The clothes lived up to the hype with a mix of prints, words painted on heels, and a concoction of modern-Edwardian-school-goth chic- and hey, it worked! We can’t decide whether it’s a slight lack of originality or a designer who is just perfectly on-trend, but if you’re taking cues from Rachel Comey (which we just may be), turbans are still in, and so are jazz shoes and wooden wedges paired with socks. We shall see.
Hilarity of the evening: The program insists that the fur on the runway comes from “Baby Alpacas that have died of natural causes”… Didn’t we collectively laugh at ANTM contestant Kathleen when she echoed the same sentiment?
We say: “Animals fight each other in the jungle, right, like in the woods…?”