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Rachel Comey

Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

New York

Rachel Comey

Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear

New York

BY Aria Darcella

March 17, 2017

• For Fall 2017, Rachel Comey was interested in exploring the idea of being protected by clothing while mixing notions of “hard” and “soft”. It’s the latter that she excels at in this collection, both through silhouette and fabrication.

• Of course, there are the physical textures that she mixes—a reversible jacket has fur on one side and a coated polyurethane on the other, heavy beads are placed on delicate silk—but also theoretical combinations. Leather, for example, has many associations with “hard” fashion trends and lifestyles, and is an incredibly durable textile. But the leather Comey uses is also very soft to the touch, making one wonder what’s so punk about leather jackets anyway.

• Then there are fun contradictions, such as socks (an item of clothing that gets a lot of wear and tear) made out of lace, and bra tops (which one would expect to be delicate) made out of latex.

• The knits of various gauges are winners in this collection. A knit for everyone!

• No, literally, everyone. For the past few seasons, Comey has been pulling together diverse casts for lookbooks and shows, highlighting how her clothes can work for different ages and body types. This season even features unisex pieces.

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