Rachel Comey cut her design teeth fashioning indy mens clothes for the burgeoning B’burg set right as Y2K wrapped. It wasn’t long before she turned her focus from “Ethans” to “Umas” launching womenswear in 2003 and winning a strong following among girls who had become disinterested in spending Sundays scavenging thrift stores, but still wanted to maintain their anti-establishment aesthetic. Well, now those girls have grown up–they’ve probably ascended from graphic design assistant to creative director.
Comey’s collection seems to be following suit as Pre-Fall 2013 displayed her continued exploration of the more polished side of her aesthetic. The clean lines, refined woolen fabrics, and paired-down color palette suggest a collection focused on what its customer will be wearing between the hours of 9-5, Monday to Friday. This season, Comey offers a formula reliant on easy tailored slacks, minimalist gunny sacks, and a surprising, abbreviated dhoti-pant. Black, white, and slate grey inform the majority of the color palette, save for a charming peek of lemony yellow that suggests Comey hasn’t at all forgotten where (and for whom) her design career started.