Rachel Comey’s Intimate Dinner to Kick Off Fashion Week - New York Times T Magazine
For all present, the gathering was a welcome alternative to a typical runway show, prompting one editor to remark, “What a nice way to start the week — without all the gratuitous fashion frenzy.” Guests sat for dinner at eight round tables facing Bond and his band, an arrangement that felt more like a wedding than a fashion show. The three-course meal by Julia Ziegler-Haynes, the creator of the Brooklyn supper club the Dinner Bell, was lovingly prepared, highlighting the best of the early September harvest — a Red Russian kale salad, seared scallops in a sungold confit, shaved cucumbers and radishes, and a pancake cake laden with late-summer fruit accompanied by a glass of Scotch, neat. Before each course, the models walked while the designer looked on from a middle table and Bond crooned covers of songs by Kate Bush, Julie London and the Cure. Comey’s latest pieces were dominated by neutral earth tones, with some tender little dresses and new forays into exotic skins among the standouts. Somewhere between dinner and dessert, a shaggy dog joined the festivities. “Any show with a dog is all right in my book,” a guest remarked.