Now that we’ve been at it for a yr, it may be said with some authority what “pandemic style” is all about. On the one hand—the extra closely weighted hand, it have to be famous—there’s clothes super-comfy and ultra-functional. Comfunctional, if you’ll. Needless to say, sweats are the paradigm right here—specifically, the comfy sweatpant that may be paired with, say, a collarbone-baring shirt or a natty blazer when the medium-crop Zoom window beckons. And alternatively, the pandemic has produced a sort of no-effs-given strategy to getting dressed—self-isolation gives an autonomous zone the place, simply since you really feel prefer it, you may put on regardless of the hell you need. Why not put on the classic cocktail costume to procure off Etsy throughout a bout of insomnia? There’s no motive so that you can put on it, and no motive you shouldn’t, even when—or particularly if—all you’re celebrating is the profitable supply of your Caviar order. Lukewarm French fries! Pop the Champagne!
Rachel Comey’s spring assortment nailed the temporary—each arms. Most of this outing erred on the ‘comfunctional’ facet, together with the de rigeur sweats: Comey supplied myriad non-schlumpy, easy-to-wear appears to be like appropriate to be used working from house, venturing out for a socially distanced drink or, as she supplied on a name immediately, “when you’re taking care of your chickens.” These included languid upcycled denim and canvas clothes and overalls; knit rib separates; and blouson frocks and loose-fit pajama-style ensembles in acquainted fabrications corresponding to cotton, linen and—a Comey signature—an ethereal Italian double-weave mix. As Comey famous, the present emphasis on e-commerce inspired her to deal with supplies prospects can “understand without feeling them first”—although, because it occurs, this assortment would be the one in retailer when the Rachel Comey pop-up opens in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn subsequent month.
No doubt brick-and-mortar buyers might be completely happy to scoop up the no-brainer items proven right here—however their what-the-hell impulses might be happy, too, by prospers like balloon sleeves, daring prints and painted by hand equipment. One of Comey’s nicest touches right here was a subtlety—a little bit of crochet on a T-shirt; as she identified, this was one among many particulars dreamed as much as give a way of hand to utilitarian merchandise. Another was, metaphorically, a way of person-to-person connection, at a time when that’s briefly provide. In a feel-good assortment, that was the best-feeling gesture of all.