Recently, Joonbug had the pleasure of chatting with designer Tracy Reese at her gorgeous flagship boutique located on Hudson Street in Manhattan. Perfect for the modern woman with a busy schedule, Tracy's pieces are designed with an impeccable sense of flattering a woman in every way possible. A member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) since 2000, Reese has severed as a member of the Board of Directors since 2007. She is also a key player in selecting recipients to receive grants from the CFDA’s AIDS Fund initiatives. It certainly was a fashionable honor to chat with her!
While there, we were able to pre-screen an episode, which aired last week, of Project Runway: Season 11. In the episode, Tracy offered her stylish expertise and opinions to the remaining cast members regarding their designs for the challenge. The evening was nothing short of amazing as we browsed racks of vibrant frocks, gorgeous jackets, and beautiful pieces that could easily transition from workday to after work drinks with friends. Reese was wearing a gorgeous purple sweater with cut-out shoulders, neutral skirt (beautifully cut), and a to-die-for persimmon/orange motorcycle jacket that fit her to a "t." As we perused around the store, we couldn't help but notice all of the detailing on every garment. It's these additions that finish off your look in an ultra-polished, edgy, and stylish way. Some of our favorites included; a yellow neon shirt dress, a coral and tan ombre strapless dress, a cornflower blue moto-jacket, fringed suede short, and a bohemian patterned shoe that would look amazing with everything in your closet. We also were in-love with a wedge shoe from her Plenty collection that featured a soft glittering peep toe in a blush pink color. Tracy Reese's celebrity clients include First Lady Michelle Obama, who wore a custom-made Tracy Reese dress for her 2012 DNC Convention speech. Here's what Tracy had to share about this spring season and her fabulous collection.
I see a lot of color around the store, which I really love. Can you share with the Joonbug readers your take on the Spring/Summer 2013 season.
It's all about color this season. I think it's the perfect way to welcome the warmer weather here in NYC. You can see my use of color in many different ways—such as color on color. Many of our dresses have a color slip/undergarment already built in as a useful layering piece. Many are talking about neons. My advice is to pair a neon with a neutral to create an ultra-chic look. This season you will also see my use of fringe and metal chains on the handbags.
Many are excited to see you appear on Project Runway. Can you tell me about that experience?
It was a great way to offer budding designers positive and helpful advice. I really enjoyed it, too.
You have a successful business in a challenging economy. What's the best advice you can give those looking to break into the fashion industry?
Have your eye on quality and special details. Be directly connected to your brand in every way. If something is not up to my high standards, I will take the necessary steps to ensure it is. My client expects a certain quality garment from me and they will always get that. As you walk around the store you will see special details everywhere.