Former First Lady Michelle Obama has always declared Tracy Reese to be one of her favorite designers, and it’s simple to see why. Strength, femininity, independence, and creativity are just a few words which describe the designer. Ms Reese, like a few others, is unafraid to push the fashion and social boundaries at every collection she debuts. In fact, Ms Reese enjoys allowing her art to have a clear message. At the Tracy Reese Fall/Winter 2017 Presentation at New York Fashion Week on February 12th, the ready-to-wear designer wore a white T-shirt with the Angela Davis quote: “I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I’m changing the things I cannot accept.”
Tracy Reese presented a poetry reading at the show, with four notable poets reciting their work. They included Dorothea Lasky, Aja Monet, Leslie Reese and Jenny Zhang. Also unique about the collection was its location and interior. According to NewsOK, Ms Reese chose a former old sausage factory at Manhattan’s Hudson Street. Models walked a different runway, using the three-story building as a special, informal catwalk. They posed on chairs, in the corners of rooms, on sofas, etc., as guests had the liberty to also move about the building which now serves as a home filled with ornate antiques.
Ms Reese’s designs featured elegant, powerful pieces for 2017, playing on both hard and soft textures and statements. Her models stepped out in delicate floral printed frocks, as well as plaid pantsuits with an attractive masculine flavor. There were also colorful, silky kimonos and glam, bold beaded evening pieces in jewel tones. Check out the fashion and unique runway setting of the Tracy Reese Presentation here. The makeup for the Tracy Reese Collection also revealed naturally enhanced looks that were accessible to all women, says Bossip.com. The Mary Kay brand was used on the models and featured trendy full brows with lovely metallic eye shadows in orange, brown, and copper variations that blended beautifully with Tracy Reese’s Fall/Winter 2017 designs.
As a top designer, Tracy Reese’s aesthetic has always celebrated the diversity of women. New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray was among the famous faces in the audience for the show. Once again, Tracy Reese nailed a gorgeous, strong, feminine collection that speaks for all women. The message, creativity and clothing have all received high marks from the fashion industry.