Resort? “What resort?” said Tracy Reese with a laugh when asked to describe her approach to her latest lineup. “Nobody knows what they want, nobody knows what the customer’s gonna do. We wanted to make clothes that make sense [when the collection drops] in December — with the hope that you might get to go away somewhere, but with the reality check that you might not go much further than home,” she said.
To that end, Reese’s offerings hit the mark with fun, flirty, party-ready looks (“something to brighten up the palette”) and matching two-piece sets: think cropped-tops paired with skirts or flared, high-waisted trousers. A few sportier pieces — including an oversize khaki anorak and a pair of exaggerated flares with a side-stripe — tempered the girly lineup with a little street edge. A studded black leather-and-lace dress felt right for any season, as did a white floral lace button-down with a deconstructed hem — “a 12-month blouse,” the designer called it. A quality that, in fact, characterized most of her collection.