It is rare that a fashion designer manages to create pieces that are simultaneously eccentric, boisterous and whimsical, while also being modern, wearable and flattering. New York based designer Rachel Comey is one of those rare artists. Beginning her career designing costumes for burgeoning bands in downtown New York, Comey moved on to design her first menswear collection before expanding to womenswear and footwear. Her first boutique opened in Soho in 2014. The Rachel Comey brand goes beyond her trademark, vintage-esque aesthetic with integrity and a sense of community being at the heart of the brand. All of the clothing is manufactured locally in Manhattan while all knits and shoes are produced in Spain, Portugal and Peru. With a focus on exquisite fabrics and perfect fits, its not difficult to see why Rachel Comey has built such a cult-following within the art and fashion industry.
I came across Rachel Comey recently and fell in love with her bold pieces and vintage silhouettes. Her pieces are statement making, not intended for wallflowers or those who are not confident in their own skin or sense of style. But they are also rooted in a sense of modernity and celebrate femininity with silhouettes that are at times unusual but always beautiful. Sure there a ton of talented designers out there who create pretty things. But there are few designers who blaze their own trail, shunning industry expectations while still creating works of art that women want to wear. Its clear that Rachel Comey is going to continue to grow as an artist, gaining even more respect and credibility from her peers and fans. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from her womenswear line.