Rachel Comey Fall 2011: Parisian Schoolmarm

Rachel Comey might be a New York-based indie designer, but her schoolmarm look is decided European. Whether it's because of the limited-quantity fabrics she uses, or the odd-yet-refined silhouettes she prefers, Comey's collection sits more comfortably alongside Vanessa Bruno and Isabel Marant than it does her American peers. This theory rang true at yesterday's runway show, where Comey showed matchy-matchy tops and bottoms, matchy-matchy bottoms and shoes, and baby-bell high water pants that are sure to set the tone for autumn. We were particularly drawn to her brownish rose corduroy swing skirt cut on a bias, matched with a corduroy blazer. Even Comey's version of the Catholic school girl uniform comes off as more "teacher" than "student."
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Rachel Comey might be a New York-based indie designer, but her schoolmarm look is decided European. Whether it's because of the limited-quantity fabrics she uses, or the odd-yet-refined silhouettes she prefers, Comey's collection sits more comfortably alongside Vanessa Bruno and Isabel Marant than it does her American peers. This theory rang true at yesterday's runway show, where Comey showed matchy-matchy tops and bottoms, matchy-matchy bottoms and shoes, and baby-bell high water pants that are sure to set the tone for autumn. We were particularly drawn to her brownish rose corduroy swing skirt cut on a bias, matched with a corduroy blazer. Even Comey's version of the Catholic school girl uniform comes off as more "teacher" than "student."
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Rachel Comey might be a New York-based indie designer, but her schoolmarm look is decided European.

Whether it's because of the limited-quantity fabrics she uses, or the odd-yet-refined silhouettes she prefers, Comey's collection sits more comfortably alongside Vanessa Bruno and Isabel Marant than it does her American peers.

This theory rang true at yesterday's runway show, where Comey showed matchy-matchy tops and bottoms, matchy-matchy bottoms and shoes, and baby-bell high water pants that are sure to set the tone for autumn. We were particularly drawn to her brownish rose corduroy swing skirt cut on a bias, matched with a corduroy blazer. Even Comey's version of the Catholic school girl uniform comes off as more "teacher" than "student."

One of the final looks, a one-shoulder velvet dress that appeared to be as comfortable as it did elegant, is sure to show up on the red carpet, a place that's new to Comey, but has welcomed her warmly.

Because it's Comey, her stars will never look like fashion plates. Like the most beloved contemporary European designers, her clothes are less about the trends and more about women.

**Photos by Imaxtree.