CH-CH-CHANGES: Tracy Reese is shaking things up for New York Fashion Week. For her upcoming fall 2016 collection, the designer will premiere a short fashion film, “A Detroit Love Song,” alongside a small presentation on models. On a phone call before hopping on a plane to Detroit, Mich., Reese said she was craving a more intimate and immersive fashion show experience.
“We’ve been yearning for a change. We sense it all around us. I feel like this is going to be a pivotal season for change in terms of how people are presenting collections,” Reese said. “We’re looking to the future. Are we going to be going direct-to-consumer soon? We’re not sure. But we’re all feeling a little bit of runway fatigue. We’ve been wanting to do something different that felt more expressive of who we are and what the collection is about — and a little more artistic. We wanted to break away, and it seemed like a perfect time to do that.”
The film is an ode to Reese’s hometown of Detroit, featuring local talent, including an original score by jazz violinist Regina Carter. The idea came to her over the recent Christmas holiday, which she spends in the city with her family. “Detroit seemed like the perfect backdrop for the collection. The minute the words came out of my lips, things just fell into place. So many people wanted to participate and add their talent to the piece,” she said.
Reese’s presentation and screening will take place at The Roxy, formerly The Tribeca Grand Hotel, on Sunday, Feb. 14.