New York Fashion Week: Tracy Reese's Colorful Departure

10/01/2012 11:02 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017
Pictured: A bright lapis blue Tracy Reese  dress from her Spring 2013 collection (photo: M. Hall via livestream.)
Hot off her resounding success designing a
s address at last week's Democratic National Convention, Tracy Reese showed her Spring Summer 2013 collection at New York Fashion Week today.  As promised Ms. Reese's collection did indeed combine a variety of textures, patterns and details. The collection, inspired by the rich range of hues found in David Hockney landscapes, offered a color palette focused on foliage-inspired greens, complimented by cool blues, lilacs, tangerines and neutrals. The collection was in  a very different style than the dress Mrs. Obama wore for her DNC speech.  Tracy Reese Spring 2013 was more bold, more edgy and sometimes just plain way out. There were tailored dresses, but there were also over sized jackets and pants with shimmering accents and colorful prints.
Pictured: Here's a Tracy Reese piece you won't see on Michelle Obama.  (photo: M. Hall via livestream.)

You won't see Mrs. Obama wearing the big over-sized white jacket with a plunging neckline (pictured above) anytime soon. A departure from her traditional looks is apparently what the designer was striving for. It seems she wanted a new look that was a bit more edgy. "I played with the juxtaposition of organic and technical, soft and structured and sporty and feminine for an unexpected and refreshing collection," notes Ms. Reese.

Pictured: Tracy Reese's colorful vision of Spring 2013  (photo: M. Hall via livestream.)
Noticeably missing from today's show were the hourglass style dresses with full skirts that Ms. Reese has popularized as one of her distinctive looks.  This collection for Spring 2013 offered unstructured garments with the designer striving to create an effortless look that would be both sophisticated yet relaxed.