7 Womenswear Trends Championed by Rachel Comey

Bucket hats, year-round clogs, anti-seasonal collections, and more.

June 11, 2014

Since she entered into fashion 14 years ago, NYC designer Rachel Comey has created a unique spin on quirky-cool dressing. Her no-fuss style has become a cult favorite among the downtown set and beyond. Comey, who started out as a menswear designer and shifted into womenswear with a co-ed runway for spring 2004 (a move now emulated by up-and-coming designers like Public School and Vivism), has come to be known for her artful approach. In celebration of her first brick-and-mortar store, which opens tomorrow at 95 Crosby Street, we're paying homage to the trends she's championed.

Bucket Hats, Spring 2012
Before Rihanna and Odd Future were wearing them, Rachel Comey helped bring them back.

Clogs All Year Round, Spring 2014
Comey has always had a fascination with clogs. Vogue has finally caught up to it.

Frumpy Shorts, Spring 2009
Culottes are cool now but, back in 2009, Comey entered into unchartered territory with her relaxed fit, double-layered shorts.

Mixing Quirky Prints, Fall 2011
Now print mixing is rampant but Comey has shown it in nearly every one of her collections.

Kooky Headwear, Resort 2012
In the past, Comey has topped her models with turbans, scarves styled as masks, and furry helmets.

Low-Maintenance Footwear, Spring 2010
Comey set the orthopedic shoe revival in motion with her functional flats.

Anti-Seasonal Collections, Fall 2010
Sending out warm-weather clothes during fall—a collection which typically gets delivered to stores in August—Comey was one of the first designers to try out an anti-seasonal collection. Since, Marc Jacobs has followed suit.

Men's Lines Venturing Into Womenswear, Spring 2011
Comey's co-ed runway paved the way for designers like Public School and Vivism, who recently launched debut womenswear collections.

7 Womenswear Trends Championed by Rachel Comey