Rachel Comey easily holds onto her title as the Brooklyn girl's most coveted designer with her spring 2012 collection. And she earned her hipster cred by using a super loud and drum-heavy indie band called IUD (yes, just like the birth control) as music (Comey said she wanted her girls to feel strong). The music was so loud, in fact, that one of the two babies in attendance had to be taken out of the show, and show goers were given earplugs, which I used (I'm not afraid).
While the music was hard the clothes were not. Separates were classic Comey--soft yet boxy, cropped tops and tunics over loose pants--and the prints and textures stood out. There were nubby knits in a sand colored palate and clever optical illusion prints of winter staples like tartan and cable knit stamped on sheer silk tunics and dresses. Neoprene bags were made to look like basket weave.
This season Comey said her girl was feeling "introspective." "She can be her most creative self," Comey said, "and just hide in her hat [straw buckets] and behind her sunglasses." I loved the printed toga draped dresses and the one-piece suits. And duh, all the shoes. Bird's Jen Mankins said she was digging the sand-washed nubby knits, swing blazers, swimwear, the pops of sea green and the flat sandals.
**All images: Imaxtree.