For spring ’14, Tracy Reese’s collection radiates sensuality. The live Afro-Cuban sound of Daniel Goldstein and Sublime was ridiculous as models stepped down the Mercedes-Benz Lincoln Center runway. The swinging styles, which came in an array of bold, highly-spirited colors, were energetic. To enhance the festive mood, there was a package of plantain chips on each seat. Yum.
Reese delivered her signature feminine dresses and modern sportswear, and the fabulous fusion of Reese’s fashions and music moved on.
Her collection is rich in details. This show’s beautiful, talented models also showed off matching backpacks with plaid or print ensembles. Silhouettes ranged from crop-tops that were paired with full midi skirts, culottes and cropped trousers to her signature fit-and-flare frocks and slips. The textile highlights included geometric laces, raffia embellishments, tribal embroideries and bonded technical knits.
As usual, Reese’s pretty prints anchored the collection. There’s a masterfully mixed selection of tropical floral and tribal geometric patterns in a delightful palette of scarlet, blue, green, pink and ochre.
With an ornate desire to create beautiful things, Detroit native Reese arrived in Manhattan to attend Parsons School of Design in 1982. She received an accelerated degree in 1984. Upon graduation, Reese apprenticed under designer Martine Sitbon while working for small contemporary firm Arlequin. Her other work credits include a stint with Perry Ellis, where she was the design director for their women’s portfolio.
For more than a decade, Reese’s name has become synonymous with flirty dresses and print-driven heirloom fare that women across the globe simply can’t get enough of. Her eye for detail and her extensive knowledge of color, art-inspired prints, fabric and form continue to be evident each season. Her clothes have timeless, wearable designs that evoke sophistication and elegance. Reese’s approach is deliberate, as she combines modern craftsmanship with vintage flair, creating a look that’s clearly her own. In addition to this sensational collection, Reese has a second line, plenty by Tracy Reese, which was introduced in 1998.
Let me tell you, everyone’s wearing her clothes: first lady Michelle Obama, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian. This African-American designer has expanded into several brand categories, including footwear, handbags, belts, home and candles.
Tracy Reese and plenty by Tracy Reese are sold nationwide in top department stores and specialty boutiques, including Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Anthropologie and Scoop. Her clothes are also sold at retailers throughout Europe and Asia.