For her 2014 resort collection, Rachel Comey looked North for inspiration–just north of Manhattan, to be precise, to the Bronx Zoo where–accompanied by her son–Comey took print queues from the many four-legged creatures that call that historic New York site their home.
The resulting beastly motifs added depth to the delivery’s assortment, lending a “safari-meets-sand dune” sensibility. In keeping with this Saharan side of things, pants and simple tops were cut to float off the body–”tight” just ain’t “right” at the moment, it seems. A standout example of both Comey’s taste (and the current “bigger is better” proportion trend) was an airy djellaba cut in a gauzy, fringe-bordered cotton cloth. It made us want to forget that skinny jeans had ever been invented.
In contrast, where the collection pursued more tailored approaches, twisting seams and asymmetrical drapes moved Comey’s clean shapes forward. Right in step with the apparel, the collection’s shoe assortment evoked Moroccan baboosh slip-ons, complete with hand-tooled textures and vegetable-dye tones.
All that from from a trip to the zoo? Looks like we’d better hop on that uptown-bound D Train soon!