Rachel Comey

rachel comey spring 2012
New York: Elegant beach bums and those who aspire to look like them will appreciate Rachel Comey’s laid-back S/S 12 collection. Airy, tailored separates and flowy frocks featured ultra-relaxed fits while hinting at the feminine hourglass figures that lay beneath. Sack and sarong dresses doubled as swimsuit coverups, and vintage-inspired swimwear was styled into daytime ensembles. A single breton top (made new with dropped shoulder seams and a turtleneck), and a seascape print created by French artist Rosemarie Auberson, drove the show’s coastal message home. —Whitney Kessler

Silhouette: Relaxed and straight / Fluid trapeze shapes

Color: Navy / French and pool blues / Tangerine / Sea foam green / Dusty teal / Black / Straw / Toffee / Warm brown

Key Items: Casual sheath / Slouchy capri / Sack dress / Bouclé sweater / Contoured day bra / Oversized blazer / Lounge short / Button-front skirt / Sarong frock

Materials: Silk / Crisp shirtings / Waxed cotton outerwear fabrics / Gauze / Jersey / Linen / Crochet sweater knits / Cotton bouclés / Dot-mesh

Prints + Patterns: Beach print by French artist Rosemarie Auberson / Trompe L’oeil cable knit photo prints / Liberty florals / Breton stripes / Midcentury-inspired abstract motif / Plaid

Details + Trim: Keyhole cutouts / Boat and halter necks / Spagetti straps / Drawstrings / Pieced constructions / Cage-cut sleeves / Dropped shoulder seams / Notched, off-the-shoulder and sweetheart necklines / Handkerchief and high-low hems

Accessories + Footwear: Straw bucket hats, some without tops / Color-blocked oxfords / Subtle cat-eye shades / Moroccan slippers / Soft briefcases / Flat sandals / T-strap mary-janes / Handheld folios / Sturdy totes

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