Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Ambient music from band Hex Message set a tranquil mood as an artsy-hip crowd filed into a cavernous loft in the Chelsea gallery district where Rachel Comey’s show was held. The designer’s goal was to add a sense of lightness to Fall, which she achieved with a palette of pale greys and tans mixed with muted midtones and rich shades of rust and burgundy. A tactile thread ran through the collection with powdery suedes, texture-printed velvet, a pressed fur pile and another print depicting woven rattan. Always inspired by vintage, Comey used a line-drawn floral motif for tops and bottoms and a silky calico for sweet blouses; suede tops had a 1970s vibe. The pieces were straightforward – cropped high-waisted pants, pencil skirts, sweaters and cardigans – but Comey’s special touch added a sense of intelligence and artfulness to it all.
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