If there was a Fashion Week contest for the most print-filled collection, Tracy Reese would take the cake. The New York designer sent a plethora of eye-catching patterns down the runway, from stripes and plaids to abstract landscapes and watercolors—a refreshing sight after all the neutral collections we’ve been seeing this week.
Reese’s silhouettes focused on what she does best: designing curve-conscious dresses for the modern girl.
To kick off New York Fashion Week we tapped a few of our fave designers showing at Lincoln Center, along with a couple of the fashion influencers who will be attending, to share some of the meaningful moments that make the runway season so exciting!
Tracy Reese on her funniest Fashion Week backstage memory: “I remember one season I was wrapping up backstage interviews, and we were just about to start last looks. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted one of the models in a bright white frock with lime-green undies showing through! We had to do a very quick switch. Now I am thankful every season when we have a few extra nude pairs on hand—always a lifesaver!”
Punk chic is back! I had a prolonged punk rock phase as a young gun and I still love all things leather and plaid. Leslie’s sexy zip skirt is the perfect complement to her prim tartan top. Throw in a little leopard print and some bold cat’s-eye frames, and you have yourself a look!
Now, here’s a designer who doesn’t shrink from color. Michigan native Tracy Reese cited Afro-Cuban influences as the guiding light behind her vibrant, floral-laden collection, shown Sunday at Lincoln Center. A three-piece percussion group walloped away as models hit the runway in raffia-embroidered jackets, girly jacquard dresses and tough gladiator sandals. While Reese didn’t send a cat down the runway this season, a different sort of surprise came from graphic flower tattoos, strategically placed on models’ shoulders and calves.
Finally, some bright, colorful prints to lighten up this largely dark and moody Fashion Week. Tracy Reese brought the happy with her fall/winter 2013 collection inspired by the women of New York … and cats! She sprinkled in a few feline references in the form of cheetah prints and cat-eye sunglasses—but the big wow of the show came from an actual cat making its runway debut.
We spotted the beautiful Angela Bassett in the front row.
First Lady Michelle Obama was stunning and sophisticated as usual last week during her speech at the Democratic National Convention.
This week, some of our buyers met with the designer behind the dress–Tracy Reese–who gave them the inside scoop on the gorgeous silk-and-linen jacquard Mrs. Obama wore (and complemented with grey nails and pink heels).
Known for outfitting Michelle Obama (most recently for the First Lady’s Democratic National Convention speech), Tracy Reese isn’t just a staple for powerful political ladies. This afternoon, she unveiled a trend-forward collection full of the fresh touches today’s cool girls covet: pleated black leather, ethnic prints, perforated fabrics and oversized batwing collars.
Designer Tracy Reese launched her namesake label in 1998, and in the years since, she has quickly built an avid following for her timeless looks, which are both modern and vintage-minded.
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Her eye for color and print is especially engaging, and she has a way with shapes that’s both flattering and sophisticated.
Fresh off her Fall 2011 show, with its bold hits of color and ’70s-inspired looks, Reese shared a shot of her mood board and her thoughts on the season ahead:
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“Fall 2011 unfolds in rich hues, sculptural shapes and interesting textural combinations. Each look has some point of brilliance—a shot of metallic, antique copper and silver, or a vibrant pop of raspberry, aqua or amber—breathing new life into muted neutral tones of toffee, black, brown and grey.”
“Tactile pairings and more voluminous silhouettes enhance three-dimensionality; a scarf-cape is paired with a pleated maxi skirt in rich curry, with a jade clutch for a color burst. Graphic and floral prints remain strong for the season, adding a spark of individuality to fall ensembles.”