For Spring/Summer 2012, designer Tracy Reese is inspired by “a land of pure delight”. Pretty parasols with matching lace-up shoes, straw hats, and a bold color palette rich in coral, blue and pearl white with subtle hues of khaki and blush make any piece from the collection perfect for a woman’s day at the beach.
Tracy Reese’s collection was airy, feminine, and classic. The softly voluminous runway styles pair with lean, refined silhouettes, evolving proportions with a focus on modern fluidity. The feminine yet relaxed mood is achieved through the juxtaposition of romance and sport, comfort and flattery. Some looks we saw were:
The One Piece
One pieces paired with pretty tie-up heels ruled the runway. But don’t let the seriousness of a one piece bore you—these one pieces are in bright neons and pastels that add a playfulness to the one piece swimsuit.
Airy and Full of Movement
Every piece from the collection moved beautifully on the runway. The “gauzy silk” fabric of the skirts and maxi dresses made every model look like they were walking on air. The mostly silk collection is toned down with subtle hints of lace and the heat is turned up with sheer fabric, giving some cheekiness to the collection.
How soon can we buy these shoes? The lace-up heels seen throughout the collection are to die for. Most of the shoes came in the same bright colors of the collection. Going perfectly with the parasols and round sunglass accessories, the wooden heels and, sometimes, matchy matchy printed heels looked gorgeous. Want.
Sporty and Romantic
The bold color palette and the boxier silhouettes of her outerwear—coats, jackets and fitted pants—created a comfortable yet sporty outdoor look. Still, the collection’s bold colors and sportiness were softened with romantic skirts, tops and dresses in floral print and candy colored horizontal stripes.
Tracy Reese had been scheduled for her first-ever runway show at New York Fashion Week on September 11, 2001. With celebrity attendees like Angela Bassett and Aisha Tyler, and her show being on the 10th anniversary of 9-11, Tracy Reese was proud to be a part of the 10th anniversary at the Lincoln Center. “At the end of the day, New York is unlike any other city in the world. Everyone worked together to pick ourselves back up.” Reese, along with other designers, donated to scholarship funds for children of 9-11 victims and to funds that are doing work to help survivors.