Comrags - fall/winter 2008

For fall/winter 2008, Comrags puts out an accomplished collection hinged on the concept of limited resources. Skill is really all you need, and decades of experience sure don’t hurt.

Comrags achieves an almost painterly effect with the white-speckled brown wool dress with bunchy, pin-tucked neck detail folded into the garment for a leaf-like effect. More trompe-l’oeil is to be found in the forest floor chiffon dress—the fur-fringed hem appears to be a liquid extension of the piece’s sinuous lines. The tree branch accessories are superfluous, literal motifs of what the garments do naturally on their own.

There are further examples of how Comrags can achieve so much with so little. A slate peau de soie dress might have fallen into obscurity were it not for sharp tailoring tweaks near the hips, and the black bell dress is intriguing for the simplicity of the neck and collar detail.

Vintage looks include dresses with rounded collars and slight but unmistakable A-lines. A russet two-piece skirt-suit similarly harkens to the past, as does the high-waist trench coat. Despite these dips into the 40s, Comrags keeps the line modern with asymmetric touches in the silk double-breasted jacket, whose safety-pin enclosure is too obvious and ironic to be retro.

Daniel Cox, Fashion Editor
Marek Wlazlo, Photographer