A lush, urban garden that opened into a cavernous yet warm gallery space in Brooklyn (Dustin Yellin’s Pioneer Works studio); music by songstress Justin Vivian Bond, and supper courtesy of Julia Ziegler-Haynes of cult favorite the Dinner Bell. That was Rachel Comey’s idea of a salon-style presentation, and the results from start to finish were delightful.
As celebrities like Maggie Gyllenhaal, Zosia Mamet and Cindy Sherman looked on, models wafted about during dinner. “I loved the idea of mixing the rough with the decorative and fancy,” said Comey preshow. She rooted the collection in denim, cut into raw-edged palazzo pants and roomy tunics, some splattered with paint to great effect. Then, tapping her provocative side, she perforated leather skirts to a peekaboo netting feel, and cut velvet and lace dresses tight with off-the-shoulder tops. Perhaps the best example came at the end — a navy cotton sack dress, simple and airy in shape with shoulder cutouts for sass. Fine on its own, but even better dotted with little gems and pink ostrich feathers.