Packed onto the runway at New York City's Bryant Park, the noisy crowd softens in anticipation. Cell phones switch to vibrate and flash bulbs brighten the darkened room like lightening. A crystal chandelier becomes visible as lavender lights shine on the empty runway and action! Fashion!
Tracy Reese's Spring 2006 Collection is inspired by New Orleans in the 1920's; she sets the mood:
"The air was sultry and rich with the perfume of wildflowers. The mood was lazy, sinister, sweet. This collection is really a tribute to New Orleans, its humanity and richness, its tremendous spirit and its many layers of mystery, color, texture and romance."
Words written before the devastation of the past few weeks hit hard and prepare you for her best collection yet. Separated into three moods, the collection rolled out onto the runway; Fondant, Filigree and Frolic.
Fondant starts us out with romantic lace and lingerie infused pieces. Some had a menswear feel with fitted halter vests over romantic billowing blouses, while others where pure 1920's flapper like the Onyx beaded silver shift. Cuffed Bermuda shorts prove to have staying power when done in fabrics with a subtle metallic sheen, a trend not dying anytime soon. My favorite was a gorgeous 'Buttercup ÂCoat' done in rich brocade.
Filigree is announced as 'Lush and sun-drenched,' (the) wardrobe for the Southern debutante with a dark secret.' This translated to pale pink, avocado, and creme infused with nude in dresses, skirts and blazers for subtle and sweet sex appeal. The 'Bliss embroidered frock', a mix of the bohemian and lingerie trend was the real standout with a loose carefree feel however layers of sheer sexy cutouts reserves it for the nighttime hours.
The last mood 'Frolic' is rainbow of party dresses, tunics and delicate blouses. Reese describes it as, 'A playful mix eclectic melange of whimsical colors, patterns and textures made to mix and match irreverently.' The runway brightened up when 'Frolic' began as floral and wallpaper patterns appeared layered and tiered in bright lime green, buttercup, blush pink and aqua blue. My favorite was the blush brocade slip featuring a wallpaper pattern, a ruffled hemline and a solid pink corseted waist; girlish, sexy and modern it is the perfect frock for a party or a night out on the town.
The Tracy Reese Spring 2006 collection was definitely a hit in an audience packed with hard core fans and infatuated newcomers. Her lush memories of growing up in New Orleans were expertly executed on the runway and reminded us that a spirit of a city like that will never surrender.
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*** All quotes taken from Tracy Reese Runway Report Spring 2006***