Rachel Comey

A few late night favourite first scans out of the pile of Fashion Month prints I picked up this afternoon.

In a digital age of instantaneous gratification, there are few things more exciting than getting your film prints back after several weeks of not knowing what your photos looked like. I do often miss the darkroom for that reason – watching an image materialise to the sound of running water, and the strangely therapeutic repetition of rubber tongs in and out of pungent chemical baths.

I digress.

A few of my favourite frames upon a first flick through of a sizable pile (and so a speedy, slightly light-leaked scan job) are these three from a visit to a frozen afternoon visit to Rachel Comey‘s dreamy NYC space with the MATCHES team. I’ve come to love Rachel’s generously roomy outerwear and expertly muted fall colour palettes since I first lusted after her signature leather ankle boots years ago, when I still had long hair, and was still working on a PC (god forbid).

 

Like Dries Van Noten or Marni, say, I definitely feel that Rachel Comey is a brand and lifestyle that a woman grows into once she learns to be comfortable in her own skin and insecurities, beyond which point the apparel and most of the shoes become essentially ageless. There will never be a time when you won’t need beautifully tailored denim, a durable blouse, tan leather, and a loudly understated coat to engulf whatever Mum jeans and button-down situation you have going on underneath. For this Fall/Winter collection, I was particularly a fan of the brand’s dramatic expansion in textures (namely into an interesting laminated and embossed leather) and shoe styles (while I have yet to commit to any kind of flatform bandwagon, I wholly appreciate Rachel Comey’s chunky wedges that are just about halfway there.

Rachel Comey current season available at MATCHESFASHION.COM

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About

Margaret Zhang 章凝 is an Australian-born-Chinese filmmaker, photographer, consultant and writer based between New York and Shanghai. Since establishing her website in 2009, Zhang has gone on to work with global brands including CHANEL, Swarovski, YEEZY, Bulgari, Gucci, MATCHES, Under Armour, and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney. Zhang’s directing, photography, and styling has been employed by the likes of VOGUE, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NOWNESS, and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40, and her work has been recognized as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index for four consecutive years. CNN has identified Zhang as a leading fashion photographer in Asia and ELLE named her the region’s most influential digital voice. She went on to be the first Asian face to cover ELLE Australia. In 2016, she co-founded BACKGROUND, a global consultancy for which she specialises in Western-to-Chinese and Chinese-to-Western cultural bridging for a range of luxury, lifestyle, and brand initiatives. In 2017, she exhibited a series of 39 unseen photographic works as a solo show in Sydney, and premiered her first short film – a 15-minute exploration of her visceral relationship with classical music on both performance and abstract planes – to critical acclaim. In 2018, co-curated the first annual FOREFRONT Summit focused on inter-industry problem-solving at all scales of business. From this king summit, Zhang developed FOREFRONT+ – a round table series of candid conversations covering subject matters of universal concern. In 2019, THE FACE Magazine engaged Zhang as Creative-Director-at-Large for Asia for its relaunch. Zhang is currently working on her first feature film.

 

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