Photography by Irina Luca
Canadian fashion veterans, Judy Cornish and Joyce Gunhouse have stuck to a winning formula for over 25 years and last night’s runway show was no exception. What started out as a cutting-edge, youthful fashion line in the ’80s has evolved almost organically into the dependable, feel-good label we all expect Comrags to be. Going to a Comrags show is like paying a visit to grandma: She’s predictable, yet wise; sometimes she’s full of surprises; and she always leaves you with a familiar contentment.
Nothing ever fits too tight, but rather tailored with that extra half an inch of space between the fabric and the body, creating an almost ethereal silhouette.
The Comrags fall/winter collection – entitled “Wrest” – yields a sophisticated independence. The collection’s edginess came in the form of print variation with colourful line etching, turquoise on black floral silks and a floral jacquard reminiscent of a retro, furniture textile. The jacquard was the surprise element of the collection, with its velvety texture and stiffened drape the skirts and coats made from the fabric will undoubtedly become this season’s iconic Comrags must-have, par excellence. But the line was also tried and tested. Nothing ever fits too tight, but rather tailored with that extra half an inch of space between the fabric and the body, creating an almost ethereal silhouette. It’s as though the pieces aren’t hanging off the body – they are floating. The fabrics: A silver wool, cotton twill and soft crush all help to produce this effect in A-line skirts, ‘70s-inspired high-waisted Coco pants and sheath dresses.
The iconic Comrags combat boots were replaced by shiny patent oxfords but the military motif snuck back in with the camp jackets; like fancy windbreakers in several variations, this piece could easily be plucked off the runway and paired with your favourite jeans and chucks. Most won’t even know it’s Comrags. Those who do will give you that knowing nod. Grandma knows best.