Tracy Reese channeled an urban warrior princess for fall. “We wanted the collection to feel strong,” she said backstage postshow. “She’s all of us — especially as New York women, we’re on the street a lot — and I’m trying to figure out how to be comfortable, be fierce, be a little bit sexy and get the things done that we need to get done.”
As models emerged through a fog-filled runway, that feminine power came alive in Reese’s outerwear, particularly her patterned blanket ponchos with fringe, vegan-leather studded coats and suede trenches, some accented with fur.
Reese fused traditional African motifs — her color palette featured vibrant Maasai-inspired reds and blues as well as antelope prints and tribal patterns — with a hint of Seventies.
“I couldn’t help it,” Reese admitted. “I’m a child of the Seventies. But I didn’t want it to come off as a retro show.”
It didn’t, not with modern updates like suede culottes, macro zipper detailing, abstract houndstooth knits and tech accessories, such as headphones provided by Monster, worn on many of the girls. There was a lot going on in Reese’s vast lineup, but much of it was beautiful.