Apparently, Zac Posen isn’t the only designer changing up his design offerings in reaction to the tough economic times. Tracy Reese, who is known for making beautiful dresses that are the most “true to size” out of all of the designer collections, has changed her style aesthetic a bit to appeal to the average woman. Every season we are accustomed to seeing Tracy whip up tons of cute v-tank dresses and flirty sundresses in various different wild patterns. In fact, one of the most appealing aspects of Tracy’s taste, in my opinion, has been her eye for fabrics and her keen sense of prints. For the Spring 2010 collection, there were less of these funky/unique prints, and more solid-color items. Although this disappoints me greatly, because I have always adored Tracy prints, Tracy is getting practical and using more solids in her line. Additionally, she is substituting sportier items in place of her signature girly frills.
“I asked myself, ‘What does a woman really need in her wardrobe right now? And how do we make these clothes more versatile?”
Also, www.style.com reporter Romney Leader notes: “For the girl who just can’t justify the purchase of another dress to be worn only once or twice, Reese put together a slew of mix-and-match options with enough special details to keep things interesting.” This somewhat explains the “safe” or uninteresting lines we have seen at NYFW this season. Rather than self-expression, designers seem to be more worried about the bottom line, and because of this, they can’t afford to fail in the department stores only to have large amounts of samples leftover of a far-out print or an oddly cut dress. So that may be one reason for more solids in Tracy’s line. But I digress.
The deep-V leopard dress is interesting because of the pairing of casual-style pockets with fancy taffeta on the underside of the dress. There is an ease to all the other looks, my favorites being the red “hotel bellboy” dress, bound together by a belt, and the pattern yellow blouse, which is just long enough to cover the hindparts when you are wearing leggings, but not so long that it looks like you are wearing a long dress with liquid leggings on. I also love the royal blue vest dress that looks borrowed from your Uncle Stu’s closet in the 80’s, and I love the fanciness of the sequined tank with the red cotton acid skirt. Lastly, the stunner was definitely Reese’s take on the bandage dress. One in purple, that ALMOST looks ombre-dyed, no less. With Taffeta on the side. If I could afford it, or if my bestie still worked there, I could be wearing it to one the 1,000 weddings I am attending this year and next. Or someone could throw me another Bat Mitzvah and I could buy it for there?
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