January 31, 2008
Guests perched on Victorian couches and mismatched chairs at the Salmagundi Art Club, in a landmark brownstone on Manhattan's Golden Mile. It was the perfect setting for Comey's quirky, print-heavy, forties-inflected collection. Print motifs on fun and wearable dresses, she said, were informed by a recent reading of a Houdini biographyone of the looks was even called Presto. "I'm into easy," Comey said. And so blouses were worn under twisted, vintage-y suits with elbow or three-quarter sleeves, and accessorized with little white anklets and platforms hand-painted with book titles like Séance on a Wet Afternoon (which indeed it turned out to be). Quilting, intarsia knits, and fur-look baby alpacamade from animals that died of natural causes, the program insisted!added texture and a wink of humor. While Comey's "off" color schemes and mad, Grey Gardens mixes of print and pattern worked well, the styling was, perhaps, less than original. Still, there was charm here.