Insta-Critic: Bundling Up with Rachel Comey

Maybe it’s the still-frigid temps, but the piles on piles of knits and shearling that paraded down the runway at the Rachel Comey show tonight seemed like the perfect antidote to our winter blues. As in Dear Rachel: “ready to wear,” in the most literal sense of the term. And while Day One is too soon for any broad trend proclamations, the 70s vibe echoed this morning’s at Frame. One special guest? Indie queen, Parker Posey.

Quick backstage breather #nyfw #rcfw15

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Walk this way

Backstage details #rcfw15 #nyfw

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@Rebecamarcosroca and @castingbyus waiting for first look…..

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@Rebecamarcosroca and @castingbyus waiting for first look…..

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The queen of denim who needs no intro @rachel_comey winning with this 70’s denim & shearling combo -CF

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Trends Out of Pre Fall: The Big Eight from Chanel, Alexander Wang, Belstaff, and More

Only a month and a half out – cue panic – from the new and improved New York fashion week, we can’t help but wonder what designers will bestow upon us this coming season. If the pre fall collections are any indication of what’s to come, we’ll be seeing an inundation of fringe, plenty of pleats and lots of lace. Plaids and floral will be prominent pattern stories, as will the black and white pairings that we saw this past spring. Big volume will remain a big player. And Bermuda shorts will make an impressive comeback.

(Above) Lace Resort

Seen at: Burberry, Jason Wu, Rag & Bone

Dark, dramatic lace could be found all throughout the pre fall collections.  This season’s lace felt romantic, sensual and not in the least bit girly.

BermudaTriangleBermuda Triangle 

Seen at: ALC, Rag & Bone, Thakoon, Band of Outsiders

Reminiscent of a schoolboy uniform from private schools past, Bermuda shorts came back in a more tailored way. Rather than being oversized and slouchy they were grown up – a crisp, formal approach to the menswear trend.

BlackWhiteCompare and Contrast

Seen at: DKNY, Donna Karan, Alice & Olivia, Narciso Rodriguez

The back and white pairings that dominated spring runways came back bolder and even more graphic. The contrasting colors felt distinctly harder, tougher, and seemed to harken back to the 1960s.

CowgirlsIndiansCowgirls and Indians

Seen at: Chanel, Derek Lam, Alexander Wang, Nicole Miller

Cowboy hats, boots, and fringe, oh my. Epitomized by Chanel’s show in Dallas, the cowboy trend was more apparent than ever. Fringe found itself on everything from bags to the backs of dresses and broad rimmed hats and over the knee boots.

InFullBloom In Full Bloom

Seen at: Badgley Mischka, Erdem, Alice & Olivia, Temperley London

A perennial trend, flowers bloomed bold and beautiful this fall. In pastel pink and brooding black, blooms were rendered in a dozen different ways. We loved the graphic interpretations as well as the retro inspired prints.

Plaiditude A Plaiditude

Seen at: Altuzarra, Belstaff, Rachel Comey, Thakoon

Cleaning up the grungy plaids of last fall, this season’s tartans are crisp and classic with a modern twist. Interpreted in new color combinations and shapes the plaid feels reinvigorated and new.

PleatsPleasePleats and Thanks

Seen at: ALC, Gucci, Tory Burch, Missoni

Pleated skirts in delicate swingy fabrics look simultaneously classic and fresh, especially when reinterpreted in silver metallic fabric or paired with sleek, minimal accessories.

sizemattersSize Matters

Seen at: Adam Lippes, Just Cavalli, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler

Proving more is more. Jackets and pants in particular were given an extra dose of volume. Big, boxy structural shapes reigned supreme.

Chunky Sweaters For the Girl Living in a Perpetual Igloo

I don’t know about you, but I’m always cold. When others are feeling a bit chilly, I’m likely on the verge of frostbite. When I’m in an AC-blasting office or shop, I die a little inside. A cool breeze is the death of me, and I’ve learned to accept it. But this isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy the fall and winter seasons—in fact, layering is one of my favorite activities and discovering new outerwear is unusually satisfying. And it goes without saying that I love me a good chunky knit. So if you’re like me and keeping warm is a year-round struggle, here are a few sweaters that are as stylish as they are supportive.

Clockwise from left: Topshop Cable Knit Short Rib Jumper, $80; Rachel Comey Boatneck Sweater, $209; Vince High Low Sweater, $235; Edun Cropped Wool-Blend Cable Knit Sweater, $180; All Saints Rumos Drape Jumper, $120; Modekungen So You Sweater, $88.

Clothes To Hide Your Slovenly Ways

Whether you’re spending Thanksgiving at home with your family, or dining with the in-laws, or even at an amazing prix fixe at a fancy restaurant, one thing is certain: there will be lots of food. We strongly advise pants with an elastic waist (if you must wear pants at all), and a bold, loose shirt that will hide any gravy or sauce drippings. It may require a special wardrobe, but I think we all agree that this meal is worth it. After the jump, check out our picks for the best tops to hide the bulge and mess of Thanksgiving, while still looking like a million bucks.

Clockwise from top left: Audrey Cantwell tie-dye tank, $35; Vena Cava cap sleeve top, $112.50; Rachel Comey detached neck cardigan, $233.80; Aiko flutter sleeve sweatshirt, $99; Society for Rational Dress silk dress, $198.80; No. 6 black trim top, $187.60.

In the Event Winter Ever Happens

Today’s New York high of 65 degrees is just one degree short of the record (from 1973), but we have our fingers crossed that the sun and heat will give way to snow at some point this fall or winter (those legwarmers and scarves aren’t going to wear themselves). But the best part about dressing for the cold? Boots. With last year’s unpredictable snowstorms, we want to be ready in the event of rain or snow. After the jump, check out our favorite wood-soled boots for this winter—perfectly light and durable to keep you high and dry.

Clockwise from top left: No. 6 lace-up boots, $395; Joie zip-up peep-toe boots, $187.50; Opening Ceremony clog ankle boots, $459; Rachel Comey suede buckle boots, $449; N.Y.L.A. leather lace-up boots, $139.95; Swedish Hasbeens jodhpur boots, $409.

Songs to Strut To: Fashion Week Runway Jams

New York Fashion Week topples over with model pouts, distended egos, and double-kisses. The whole circus is as fabulous as it is absurd. To usher in the Spring 2008 collections, we checked in with young, fun strut peddlers to find out what they’ll be listening to—on and off the runway.

Erin Fetherston ● New Young Pony Club, “Ice Cream” ● The Rolling Stones, “She’s a Rainbow” ● Santogold, “Lights Out” ● She & Him, ” I Was Made For You” “These are some of my favorite songs for the Spring 09 season — each one has a unique tone but they share a common theme of love and happiness.”

Jay Godfrey ● Marianne Faithful, “Sister Morphine” ● Feist, “I Feel It All” ● Hot Chip, “Boy From School” ● Junior Boys, “In The Morning” “The first one is an old rock classic, but we would remix it to speed it up and give it a modern edge. Then the last three are newer songs that are fun, youthful, and have a great beat — tunes that are sexy and modern that a woman would have on her playlist to host a fabulous cocktail party.”

Chris Benz ● JaConfetti, “Step Up” ● George Michael and Aretha Franklin, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” ● Róisín Murphy, “You Know Me Better” ● Anna Vissi, “Call Me” ● George Harrison, “Got My Mind Set On You”

Frank Tell ● “Like an Animal (Adam Crystal remix),” the Glove. “I love the lyrics to this song: ‘One mile in the air that’s where she lives / Her body looks so thin and pink and small / Dropping eggs from nervous shaking hands / And swallowing her fingers as they fall / … Fight her all you want; you’ll never win … ‘” ● “Being Boiled,” the Human League. ● “Bela Lugosi’s Dead,” Bauhaus. “I first discovered this song while watching The Hunger. Catherine Deneuve. I really don’t need to say any more.”

Rachel Comey “Anything by Hercules and the Love Affair rocks my runway!”

Charlotte Ronson ● Chester French, “She Loves Everybody” ● The Virgins, “Murder” ● Coldplay, “Death and All His Friends” “This season, my collection was inspired by The Virgin Suicides. Although Air created the music for the film, that choice would be too obvious for my collection. I want to use songs that are romantic with a more current, modern sound to them. These three songs emulate that to me.”

Alexander Wang “All I can do is hint at what we’ll play during Fashion Week … Foxy Brown and Kelis.”