Fall/Winter shows can get a bit drab after you've seen your hundredth black coat walk a runway, but Rachel Comey does not suffer one bit from seasonal gloom.
Her FW10 collection, presented alongside band Hex Message's jamming, was abundant with colorful prints, quirky proportions, and leather socks. The colors varied from burnt orange to lilac to all shades of green, which according to Rachel were there to keep people's spirits up in the dreary winter.
When I talked to Rachel backstage, she said she wanted to give women a practical alternative to the typical winter-wear out there. "Dealing with the issues of fall and winter" was the term she used, which never seemed more appropriate considering the piles of slush covering Manhattan now.
Looking at colors and textures and thinking of practical day wear and holiday wear that was more than black tights under a party dress, Rachel and her team devised lace tights with a brief attached, interesting patterned trousers, a ton of one shoulder or ruffle sleeved tops, and some excellent pairs of sheer pants under dresses that made me gasp.
Also on the runway were some of the coolest shoes I've seen so far this fashion week. Suede, studded, wood-heeled shoes of all designs accompanied the outfits. One standout pair was a clog with a T-strap going up the heel, to keep the shoe on, but also add a little sex appeal.
For further proof of Rachel Comey's wide appeal: In the front row we spotted Cory Kennedy--looking like the hipster she is--as well as a chic child snapping runway shots with her Nikon D40. Seriously, everyone can find something to love at Rachel Comey.