Thursday, September 11, 2008

TRACEY REESE – the Inaugural Black Label Collection

Text, Vivian G. Kelly
Images, Dan Lecca, courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

TIME & PLACE: 12:35 noon,
“A brilliant progression of nature and form with delicate, yet sophisticated pieces that emanate modern romance and strong femininity.”


Although we glanced at WWD’s Friday edition, which showed a biscuit colored A-line dress, we were astonished to see a complete lack of pattern in what was an extraordinarily toned down show for Ms. Reese.
Instead, there were colors like Calvin Klein might have used: “cement, onyx, eggshell. Finally midway through there were some prints, “Cubist abstract” and a sweet but refined orange and cream strapless A-line dress with a bow on the bust line, which reminded us of a pink dress Shalom Harlow wore in Isaac Mizrahi’s “Unzipped” documentary way back in the mid-nineties. That dress worked back then and it looked just as good with Reese’s spin on it today.
The designer went back into classic Reese mode at the end, and the vibrant purple charmeuse princess dress with Swarovski crystals looked great.
The crowd approved of Reese’s “upstairs version”, she got a standing ovation.

BEST IN SHOW - the Oleander roses double peplum strapless if you like dresses, or the Oleander roses pintucked blouse with a pink appliqué mini skirt. Whichever you choose, you’ll need the pale oleander roses trench to wear over it.