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Tracy Reese: A merry mash-up

Pants were relaxed — draped harems, leather baggies,

Pants were relaxed — draped harems, leather baggies, mega-beaded at the Tracy Reese Spring 2013 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. (Sept. 9, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

Gigantic images of Watusi dancers, flowers and leaves interchanged with skyscrapers, oil rigs and highways flashed at the back of Tracy Reese’s runway show at the tents on Sunday afternoon, underscoring her vision for spring: a “mash-up” — her word — of organic fabrics colliding with technical ones. It was all about juxtaposition — soft and structured silhouettes, sporty and feminine garments.

Known for her colorful runways, Reese did not disappoint with a ripe palette that included tangerine, crimson and cool blues all anchored by black, white and flaxy neutrals.

Pants were relaxed — draped harems, leather baggies, mega-beaded. Standout, a black/ecru-perforated shift with sparkling shingle beaded pants. There were languid jumpsuits, signature coats (excellent!!) such as a slouchy animal print or a laminated linen clutch coat. Dresses and skirts were on the short side — some practical, such as a perforated suede shift — some ethereal, like the flowing “Aquarian” cocoon dress.

The collection was exuberant, joyous even, and so was Reese. Backstage, after the show, she was surrounded by fans and still reveling in the dress seen round the country, courtesy of the first lady. Can you blame her?

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