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Tracy Reese and Timo Weiland Fall 2013

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Tracy Reese Goes New York

You can't leave a Tracy Reese show in a bad mood. Season after season, it continues to be the most cheerful ticket in town. For Fall 2013, Reese was feeling girly, but her girl also likes to mix it up with a bit of NYC edge. There was a structured moto jacket paired with a gold metallic dress, a leather shirt under a lace detailed coat. A healthy amount of print was present, which you can always count of Reese to deliver. Standouts included a bold red plaid (the It color for Fall), cool sorbet stripes and lots of leopard, but not just any leopard. Reese's girl likes to add hints of primary hues, which definitely ups wow factor.

There was a bit of retro flair, as seen on cat eye shades and pill box/beanie hybrid toppers. These are clever and easy additions that won't overwhelm a look. Standout looks this season: a sleek pleated leather skirt paired with a red plaid jacket, a sheer paneled bodycon mini, the aforementioned lace car coat an leather shirt, and a lime green coat with leather details. A model playfully holding a cat was an adorable moment. When it comes to designing clothes that women want to wear, you can count on Reese to be consistent each time. She understands that fashion is about having fun and letting your guard down. Reese creates the kind of collection you can truly build a wardrobe out of. There are the necessary separates, cocktail frocks, sexy LBDs, coats and a sprinkling of dressier, black tie dresses. A girl's gotta have her options. It's no wonder the First Lady's a fan.

Timo Weiland's Tough Girl

For Fall 2013, Timo Weiland turned up the edge with masculine silhouettes and a too-cool-to-care slouchy fit. This girl was the antithesis of the fitted feminine frocks of last Spring and the flirty ensembles of the previous Fall. In oversized coats with shearling lapels and boxy leather jackets, there was an underlying sex appeal present. Quite alluring. Sometimes less is more, and this rang true in the cleanness and lack of fussy add-ons. There was a bit of updated grunge thrown into the mix, evident in the deep forest greens, navys and plaids. Subtle details were cleverly incorporated, from the sexy criss-cross tops to the sweatshirts with one sleeve done in leather. This will sure be a must have for cool girls everywhere. Myself included.

Beautiful embroidery was alive and well towards the end of the lineup, as seen on a couple of jackets and matching skirts. There was a throwback girly moment with pretty camisoles worn under sheer shirts. And who could forget the gorgeous fringe earrings the complimented the evening looks? Tres chic.

Standouts from this collection included an army green A-line mini dress paired perfectly with thigh high suede boots, (Touch of edge? Check.) a sleek windowpane check suit, and the last look: a deep navy one shouldered dress with a sexy thigh high slit. Overall, this offering proved diverse and extremely wearable. Timo's girl has toughened up a bit, but she still wears her heart on her sleeve.

See more images from these collections at JoyLovesFashion.com