Tracy Reese Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 09, 2013

We think this may be our favorite collection so far this week. Even if we’re continually wowed from now until the end of Fashion Week, we still think this will wind up being one of our favorites for spring 2014. LOADED with personality (which is unbelievably welcome in a succession of a runway shows that seem determined to avoid the appearance of personalities) and full of gorgeous colors, textures and prints, this fun, playful, Afro-Cuban-inspired collection is an example of the exact right way to reference a culture in a fashion collection; playfully, respectfully, and clearly. You never really needed to be told where she was getting her inspiration from. Beautifully done.




[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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  • queeniethebold

    Absolutely, positively adore. Gorgeous from start to finish.

  • Best compliment I can give? Not only is it charming, fun and accomplished looking, virtually every piece is real world wearable, and not just by a size 2. BRAVA!!

    • teensmom99

      Glad I read your comment before I said the same thing (but less eloquently, I’m sure).

    • lobsterlen

      That was my thought too. I am not size 2 and nearly 50. That upper east look is not for me but this collection would be fun to wear and would work with my curves.

      • conniemd

        Yep.I’m size 14 and turning 60 in October. Still there are several dresses and tops and pants, that I would wear (not counting the bare midriff) and not feel like a fool. Don’t need to look matronly. I love bold prints and colors and separates and jackets and she really hit the mark.

    • CPK1

      exactly!! I could see myself in all of it. I mean see myself going to work, going out… . Beautiful and wearable. Who knew?!

      • See designers? Clothes can be stylish, modern, AND wearable.

    • Iva

      That’s all of her collections. Ms. Reese’s m.o. is to create wearable clothes for a wide variety of bodies that employ print color and texture. She is one of my favorites.

    • Louise Bryan

      Want to print this one out and plaster it on the fridge as a reminder….

  • Maya KC

    Good to see some diversity on the runway, as well as some personality!

    • leahpapa

      Ditto! Love to see models of color, love seeing the two models walking together.

      • marlie

        To add to that, I loved seeing models of color, AND with different hair types/textures.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Some of the models were even smiling a bit! So nice to see something beyond the army of frowners that have been coming down the runways of other shows.

  • jmorino08

    I’m a sucker for eyelet! And that first dress is to die for!!

  • Christy Bishop Cricow

    Love the exuberance! Beautiful!

  • SewingSiren

    Beautiful collection. I am particularly fond of the black lace the white lace and the ones that appear to have floral appliqué.

  • MilaXX

    So colorful! I think I would wear pretty much every dress in thus collection.

  • gabbilevy

    Shelly Obama’s people are already on the phone.

    There are three or four dresses and a couple of skirts that would fit right in with her closet.

    • 3boysful

      The red and navy striped sweater.

    • DaringMiss

      I had the exact same thought! I can hardly wait to see her in them.

      @3boysful:disqus – She would look terrific in that sweater! If it weren’t against the law to gift FLOTUS a gift over the federal limit, I would take up a collection to buy it for her.

    • conniemd

      The blue and red flowered dress is so Shelly O.

  • yethica

    Oh how I wish she would make clothing for larger sizes. Her clothing is SO wearable, and it would be great if she went above a size 12.

    • teensmom99

      i’ve seen her clothes in at least a size 14. She may make larger sizes, too.

      • conniemd

        Wow, I’m a size 14 and I could definitely covet a number of this pieces. We had a plumbing disaster this winter and I lost a lot of my clothes and am putting my wardrobe back together. I would love a piece or two of hers. I was really impressed.

    • mlurve

      I’ve seen some of her dresses in larger sizes for sale on Amazon.

      • yethica

        No. She only goes up to a size 14 (this is verified after checking the site and Amazon). Not big enough for my “girls”, if ya know what I mean. It would just be nice if those of us who are plus-size ladies were able to dress stylishly too, especially when the clothing would be so great for us… that’s all I’m saying.

  • So much want. (Which is rare for me. I like to look at fashion, but am rarely driven to participate in it.)

  • DTLAFamilies

    Eva Mendes needs to be wearing this. Also, I’m not a shoe person but I’m coveting everything except for the Roman sandals

    • marlie

      Compared to the shoes that a lot of the other designers have their models wearing, this is the best collection in that respect, as well.

    • kimmeister

      I quite like the platform espadrilles.

  • Frank_821

    This was a fun collection. And such a lovely ethnic diversity. I mention that after hearing this weekend the ongoing cries for more diversity amongst model selection

    btw can someone explain the paired models? I noticed the same pair came down together in another set of clothes. That’s the only thing that seemed a little odd to me

    • tereliz

      Can’t speak for the pairings, unless it’s to emphasize friendship/sisterhood, but I do think Ms. Reese—who is arguably the most successful African-American designer showing at NYFW—consistently selects more black models than anyone else. She’s never been the problem, but damned if she ain’t gonna show the rest of them how it oughta be! This is my absolute favorite show so far, and it doesn’t need a flashy runway or a fey atmosphere to compete, just beautiful clothes.

      I don’t want to rant, but there’s an example of the opposite in the Victoria Beckham post. Beckham’s models were predominantly white, as she typically prefers the type of runway show where the models are meant to all look the same to emphasize the clothing, which is the major justification in hiring girls with the same skin-tone. This just seems to add to the “model as hanger” state of mind that has led to the “waif” look that is only achievable by white or (tall) Asian teens. Hopefully designers like Reese will help change that!

    • formerlyAnon

      Can’t speak to the designer’s intent, but the paired models reminded me (more in their body language than the attire) of vintage & older (often Harlem Renaissance era) photographs of African-American couples dressed for a night on the town – photographs that I associate with sophisticated style and joie de vivre.

  • Rand Ortega

    Love. Thought black & white was over, but TR gives the trend new life & exuberance. Everything in the collection is covet worthy.

    PS: Thank you, Tracy Reese (& the other designers who have done the same), for bucking the unfortunate trend of late & casting a gorgeous, diverse array of models.

  • broke&fashionable

    Are those nipples in the second photo?! But other than that, I love how ready-to-wear these pieces are. As an avid user of Rent the Runway, I hope to have picture in a few of these beauties soon.

  • hmariec19

    Ok, I pretty much need both looks in the 2nd photo (although I would wear a cami or something underneath the shirts). KTHXBAI.

  • Sobaika

    Oooooh that floral print black and white two piece number! If I had the body/budget for that….

  • Lots of great things here! I would totally wear that turquoise fit-and-flair dress about a third of the way down, even as a size 20.

  • GillianHolroyd

    I like pretty much everything except the whites at the end. Favorite is the yellow/black check top and floral applique skirt combo.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Charming collection! Some of the models have gorgeous tattoos!!! They look too pure “black” to be real tattoos; are they temporary? I thought I was over tattoos but I want those.

    • ballerinawithagun

      i just Googled and they are temporary tattoos. Everyone is buzzing about the collection and the tattoos. Now I just need to find them. I wore temporary tattoos constantly in the 90s. That was prior to the current tattoo craze, seemed like too much of a commitment back then. (What happens when you start to wrinkle was my main concern.)
      Love these temporaries. Must continue Googling.

  • RoseJB

    So nice to see so many beautiful women of colour on the runway! Way to represent, Ms. Reese,
    Now, I must find a pair of coral strappy sandals.

  • KayEmWhy

    Beautiful! I can see Mrs. O in many of these.

  • AnneElliot

    J’adore. Fun, fresh — and hats off to Tracy Reece for using ethnically diverse models. Beauty comes in lots of colors.

  • MoHub

    Why weren’t those shoes in the Marie Claire closet?

  • Aurumgirl

    I love all the blue dresses. And just one orange dress. But I think we’d all better prepare for the return of the belly top, they’re in every collection so far.

  • marlie

    I need to start pinching my pennies, because I want to buy half of the clothes in this collection.

    Some of the looks are just gorgeous, full stop. A few are too busy, but you can easily see that the separate pieces are fantastic by themselves, and would work as compliments to simpler pieces.

  • poggi

    I really like this and could actually see myself in some of this. I love the orange and blue dresses and I love the yellow skirt with black and white floral at he bottom. So fun and pretty. A real pick me up!

  • Introspective

    I *LOVE* this collection. GIVE ME EVERYTHING. In a size 12. Please and thank you.

    that is all.

  • majorbedhead

    Really lovely stuff, start to finish. Not every piece is my cup of tea, but it’s all beautiful and wearable. Love the tattoos.

  • CatherineRhodes

    I completely agree — this collection is outstanding. I’ll look for it in the stores.

  • Introspective

    Just coming back here to also say that the Tracy Reese pieces I own are timeless, and really fit me like a glove. She really knows how to dress a woman’s body. My very first suit when I first started working back in 1997 was a Tracy Reese for Magaschoni, and from then until now, anything I have put on of hers never disappoints me, & highlights the best of my curves.

    I am so happy for her that she continues to be a brilliant designer. This collection shows that she continues to grow, while never losing the essence of what makes her customers keep coming back to her. and Im happy to count myself (well, when her stuff happens to be on sale) as one of them…

    • Malesita

      Agree, my only yearly fashion splurge is a Tracy Reese dress and I wear them for years and always receive compliments. I am not model shaped and her designs are incredibly flattering, some look even better on women with curves than on models…

  • fiestyfashionfem

    Really pretty! And you don’t often get to say that about “F”ashion. Okay – but a question for the BKs – what ARE you supposed to wear under sheer shirts? I mean, not a cami (seems too 1970s). Do you wear a bright colored bra? I’m perplexed. I like the look – but not sure what to put with them. I’m a college professor and I teach at a liberal arts college – so I can be funky.

  • alyce1213

    Very nice, imaginative and happy. I can’t wait to see Mrs Obama in some of this. I know the blue dresses and the flowered dress are typically what she’d choose, but I’d love to see her go to some of the less traditional pieces.

  • H2olovngrl

    Very cute! I LOVE that first orange sweater. Think it comes in a large and can be shipped here by my birthday on Friday?

  • Janet B

    I’m inspired.
    Loving the florals and white on white.

  • rebeemoon

    I’ll take everything in the rose-and-black flowered material. And a pair of those T-strap wedges. Just put it on my account and bag it up.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I LOVE it- the clothes are thoughtful and colorful- not just color thrown in for the sake of, but really well thought out execution. The models are diverse and beautiful, and that sheer black top with the backpack as well as the pants a couple pics down are giving me EVERYTHING. Love it.

  • myuniverse4me

    Completely bored by it…looks like a show from a smaller city’s fashion week to me. Yet I can see a lot of women wanting pieces from it.

  • nyazgirl

    Loved EVERY SINGLE PIECE. Purrrrrfection.

  • wow, this is indeed beautiful.

  • Julie Chase

    Gorgeous. I would love to see FLOTUS in the blue and orange flower print dress.

  • Erica Woods Tucker

    Love Love Love Tracey Reese! LOVE!

  • jen

    Love, love, love it! I want that matching pink top and pants so badly!!

  • LJCdoc

    Love. I NEED that striped sweater.

  • mmebam

    Those jaunty hats are giving me life! #WERQ

  • Sunraya

    Adorable, fresh fun clothes! I don’t really understand the African influences though? I see the Cuban, but. Am missing the other.

    I love all of the diversity in models. So noticeable, after looking at Beckham’s lack of diversity.

    • tereliz

      A large portion of the population of Cuba is of African descent, hence, Afro-Cuban instead of Afro-American. Hope that helps.

      • Sunraya

        Oh, thank you for the information! I appreciate it!

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    Love this. LOVE. Although I am HATING those fake tattoos. If you’re gonna do fake tats on these girls, make them all different!!! Oy.

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    I was there. Right at the end of the runway. Gorgeous.

  • Meredith

    Wait, are those backpacks and not part of the designs?

  • KT

    Someone told the models to smile! Imagine that

  • Synnae

    Pretty, wearable and if she dares to go there, quite a few items that would also work on larger sizes.

    I love all the skirts and the white on white outfits. That white outfit in the 2nd picture with the high pencil skirt and see through top is incredibly chic. Would love that into my wardrobe!

    Shame about gladiator sandals though, how can that still be a thing?

  • MzzPants

    Love the styling…hair, makeup, accessories, ink. Love the colors. This could go right to the store and I would happily buy it all.

  • kimmeister

    Super fun, indeed. I’m impressed that the models can walk down the runway with hats covering their eyes.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    The second I saw the thumbnail, I knew I was going to like this collection. Fun and wearable. I love the patterns, and I’m beyond excited for the return of volume to pants. Just say no to chicken legs!

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Really fun, wearable collection. Coveting the red and black sweater with an unholy lust.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Jolie laide, or just laide. I leaning towards laide.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I’m sorry that blousey blue floral top with the blue and puke green gingham armholes is HIDEOUS!! But the rest of the pieces are all pretty cute.

    • Trickytrisha

      I wish these pics were numbered, so it would be easier to find the item being referenced. I think I found yours and have to concur.

  • LipstickForPigs

    LOVE THIS. Love the shoes, love the colors, love the shapes. Srsly. Loving. This.

  • Vanja

    I’m a sucker for bold colours and prints. Would love to wear the bright red orangey sweater with the blue chequered trousers.

  • sleepycat

    Stunning and love the fact she used women of color in a nonexplotive way.

  • Kate4queen

    It’s lovely but I hope the bare midriff goes away again

  • formerlyAnon

    Big fan of the way textures and patterns are combined. Pieces in this collection would mix with any half way decent existing wardrobe,

  • Gotta say, this shows some damn fine choices for model selection. The darker-skinned gals in the bright colours look fierce. Every model’s outfit perfectly sets off her complexion/hair colour, which is almost as good a statement about diversity in fashion as the actual diversity on the runway is.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Gorgeous. I hope Michelle Obama snaps up that blue/orange check.

  • LaSylphide

    Colorful, wearable and flattering. There’s so much to love here, it seems churlish to complain about the heavy gladiator sandals with light spring outfits.

  • greyhoundgirl

    Love very much. The colors are gorgeous but I fell in love with the black and white prints.

  • conniemd

    I really like the pieces as striking and fun. I would so wear all the yellow/black pieces in particular.

  • Trickytrisha

    Pretty much love everything except the blue and red/orange prints. Lots of midriffs being shown, in this and nearly every other collection we’ve seen – don’t our Uncles have a distinct disdain for bared bellies?

  • gracedarling

    Oh my lord, that mustard and black crop top ensemble! How many pennies do I have to start saving..?

  • understateddiva

    Let’s go dancing!!

  • quiltrx

    What a happy collection! I’m all for drama and elegance, but sometimes it’s just nice to see a collection that you can envision real women wearing and feeling good about themselves.
    I (predictably) love the black and white looks–wish I had the flat belly for that lily outfit. But I think my absolute favorite is that gorgeous blue/orange flowered dress (neither usually ‘my’ colors). And the blue damask is SO cute–a lot like the Jennifer Paganelli quilting prints I collect.

  • roadkill

    Cant wait for Solange to wear all of this

  • Latin Buddy

    Someone send the entire collection to Zoe Saldana.

  • ItsDicey

    Janelle Monae could seriously rock some of slacks the ensembles. The blue and orange dress…so gorgeous! Fun and beautiful collection all the way around.

  • wontons

    I covet that pale aqua kimono/jacket with the flower appliques. But how to wear it if you aren’t going to wear something short on the bottom? I don’t want to look like Maude Findley.

  • fursa_saida

    DYING, love it, send most of it to Eva Mendes, send much of that to me, completely amazing.

  • kaycem

    those shoes must’ve been HELL on the dressers backstage… imagine trying to get those sandals off in less than 2 minutes, let alone another pair on and photo ready. gorgeous though.

  • Fred Vaughn

    Fresh like summer peaches…

  • Coleen

    Am I the only one who pictured Taystee and Poussey in most of these looks? Sassy, gorgeous, and playful.

  • Sunshine16

    Ooh! Can we wear short scarves tied around our necks again please?!

  • Ten Ten

    This entire collection is dedicated to the life and times of Zoe Saldana.The end. <3

  • rage_on_the_page

    So good to see some color–in every sense of the word–on the runway! Gorgeous collection.

  • Love it. One of everything please.

  • frannyprof

    Love. Even the models seem to be having fun. I’ll take every single dress on that runway.

  • andreawey

    love the mix of colors, textures, layers……fun!

  • librarygrrl64

    My favorite collection so far. Feminine but still fun.

  • i love the couples looks. it reminds me of a time during the eighties when san fran lesbian couples were working a west side story look. one would wear a white suit and a straw fedora, and the other a wasp waisted strapless full cotton dress and heels. very chic.