For the past two decades, designer Rachel Comey’s namesake brand has become synonymous with smart women in New York. During New York Fashion Week, Comey presented her Fall/Winter 2020 collection during a hybrid dinner and runway show for an intimate group of friends and collaborators at La Mercerie, located inside the Roman and Williams Guild in Soho. The dinner was hosted by RW Guild VP, Casey Legler, and singer Justin Vivian Bond, who performed interstitially as the collection was shown in between courses.
Punctuating each round of looks, select special guests rose to speak to their particular field of expertise, creating a salon style conversation around the presentation. Lourdes Rivera, the Senior Vice President for the Center for Reproductive Rights, spoke to the upcoming battle to uphold Roe vs. Wade in the Supreme Court. Aminatou Sow, businesswoman and host of Call Your Girlfriend, spoke to friendship, racial divides, and diversity. The evening concluded with a surprise performance by artist and model Alex Auder, whose surprise comical performance commented on wellness and capitalism.
“Rachel Comey didn’t mean to be a spokeswoman for her industry. (She has always been pretty committed to doing her own thing, whatever the vicissitudes of fashion.) She wanted to support a cause, but it was women’s reproductive rights, not the existential crisis of American fashion. It just so happened that in doing the one, she provided a panacea for the other,” wrote fashion critic Vanessa Friedman in The New York Times. Cultural Counsel garnered additional coverage in The Washington Post, Vogue, New York Magazine/The Cut, Business of Fashion, GQ, Vanity Fair, W Magazine, WWD, among others.
Images courtesy of Rachel Comey.
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