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Fashion Week Spotlight: Rachel Comey's Accessories Boom

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Each day throughout Fashion Week, we'll be spotlighting one brand or designer whose pieces make up the bulk of our own closets—and we're guessing yours, too. We'll let you know what to expect in stores next season and, of course, any other gossip we took away from the shows.

Rachel Comey is one of those designers we save our pennies for. Her pieces manage to be on trend without ever quite being trendy, and, a little like Muiccia Prada, she isn't afraid to push femininity out of the traditional realms of pretty, sweet, and sexy and into nerdier territory.

Her wood-soled platforms felt a little bit marmy when they first debuted during the era of the sky-high stiletto, for example, and a her first swimwear collection included a couple pieces with a weird challenging cable-knit-sweater design. The print was jarring on a bikini, but that kind of brainy coolness is what her fans love her for.

They also love her for her shoes, of course. We'd be hard pressed to name another apparel designer with such a devoted footwear following. So this is going to come as good news for the Comey fanatics out there: the brand is expanding accessories in a big way this season.

"The brand is growing in every way," brand stylist Avena Gallagher told us after the show yesterday. "Every season we have more and more shoe styles... and we're also growing into bags. We've been adding them little by little each season, and it's growing really nicely." Expanding on last season's foray into luxe leathers and hardwares, this season's offerings include perforated totes, two-tone satchels, and a hobo or three.

And completely new for spring is a line of Rachel Comey sunglasses, which the brand is creating with Prism London. Comey used Prism's specs in her runway show last spring, and it went so well the two companies decided to collab on a handful of styles for 2013.

Eveningwear is also getting some attention. "For summer we really have been playing with a lot of dresses. [Comey] tends to design for her own lifestyle and she's really into one-piece dressing, which makes life a lot easier," Gallagher said.

There's less of a focus on print this season than there has been in season's past, as fabrications become more important to the designer. "We were playing with simple items made in power fabrics, like a quilted fabric made in chartreuse, say, or a brocade. The garments stay pretty minimal but the power is in the fabrications."

But print fans needn't worry, we were assured. "The prints aren't going anywhere," promises Gallagher.

Peep the collection in the gallery above or the video below.

· Fall 2012 Fashion Week Spotlight: Rachel Comey [Racked]