Tracy Reese’s fashion show invite included a video clip of Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo playing “Babalu.” And the guys with the maracas and conga drums on the runway, along with the bags of plantain chips on the seats, well, you got a good idea that Reese had something Cuban up her pretty sleeve.
Indeed her optimistic, all-out fun Cuban-inspired collection virtually undulated with energy. Models, some in fedoras wore masculine and feminine silhouettes, this particularly striking when Reese sent out a model duet -- one in skinny black pant, topped by a lacy white top, red jacket and fedora, and the other in that same lacy top, tucked into a white, back peplum skirt. There were riotously vibrant colors -- sunflower, shocking pink, scarlet and lapis along with a slew of pristine whites.
And while there were loads of great slouchy trousers, golf shorts and easy tops, well we’re suckers for anything called a cha-cha skirt or better yet … a mambo dress.