TRACY REESE FALL/WINTER 2013

ODE TO THE NEW YORK CITY GIRL

  Tracy ReeseLong before Michelle Obama rocked her sleeveless, fit-and-flare looks, Tracy Reese was a massively, popular, hugely successful designer whose shows everyone in New York fought to see during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.  Fabulous, feminine fashion created with beautiful patterns on the finest textiles was her trademark, and the NY girls loved her.  We still do.

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This season, she’s taken her inspiration from those very same New York City girls she designed for back in the late 80’s, when the city was a far freer and, arguably, far more fun town.

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That famous fit is still there, as are the patterns, but this season the models rocked the runway with a decided punk feel.  Embossed leathers and metallics added an edge to the looks, making them more “rock chick” than “girly girl.”

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Mix-and-match plaids and stripes, florals and paisleys, sequined tops and dresses and a plethora of animal prints made this collection in turn fun, sexy and feminine in a way very few designers could pull off.

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As it’s fall, outwear featured prominently in the collection, gorgeous coats in sleek wools and, in one case, that fun animal print.

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But Reese purists, don’t dismay.  There were enough of her signature looks, including a beautiful black lace overlay dress, to keep us all happy.  It was just nice to see the other side of Tracy Reese, the club-kid that was, pay homage to the city that is her home, and the girls who live here and continue to evolve, as she has.

Photography: Anton Brookes

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