Rachel Comey’s Resort Lookbook: Odd Glamour

The designer threw her legions of hipster-chic fans a curve ball when she presented her characteristically print-happy and feminine-but-tailored collection in wicked-looking vignettes.

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The designer threw her legions of hipster-chic fans a curve ball when she presented her characteristically print-happy and feminine-but-tailored collection in wicked-looking vignettes.
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Models donned garish masks while posing tentatively among various surrealist elements. "Yelena Yemchuck, the photographer, and I wanted it to feel a bit odd and a bit glamorous," said Comey.
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Yelena Yemchuck for Rachel Comey
Artful backdrops compete with the clothes—which are lovely—to evoke intrigue. "It was inspired by the photo collages of Hannah Hoch, as well as other more contemporary artists who are using collage to create interesting spaces."
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"This is a holiday collection, when I like to think that our customers are in a playful mood. They are embracing the end of the year, the holidays, the spontaneity that goes along with that time of the year." For anyone who can't get enough of Comey's prints, the look book offers an extra dose by way of a face-wrapped kerchief.
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"I thought my customer might be hosting a winter cocktail party where they would want to wear a mens-y pajama outfit or a silky jumpsuit and slip on heels." Elements of the unexpected—in this case, facial fringe—play well with Comey's not-entirely-classic tailoring sensibility.
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So, what's with the props? "We worked with set designer Chelsea Maruskin and stylist Avena Gallagher to illustrate the image. Some of the props are really just classic surrealist elements: wooden hands, bird cages."
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Other props, like a gleaming green bowling ball, "were just additions of odd, but playful elements."
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In the spirit of the playful break from convention, poses seem dynamic. "Yelena has a strong dance background and I think you can really see that conveyed in some of the poses. I am always impressed how a photographer can communicate with a model to get them to convey a mood or energy."
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Yelena Yemchuck for Rachel Comey
When designing, Comey puts herself into the picture. "I try to image what I would want to wear in the scenarios that I would want to be in," she said. In that vein, the models floating through those in the look book, however offbeat their surroundings, are, at least, impeccably dressed.
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We asked Comey what she might call the look book, if it had to have a title. "Oh, I'm not sure ... how about ... A Rose Has No Teeth."
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