Of her spring 2013 show, Reese said “I wanted it to be strong but relaxed, and never too precious.” With all due respect to Reese’s longevity (not an easy thing to attain in the fashion world), her idea of “strong” came off somewhere between Miami retiree and, well, Miami retiree. The relaxed silhouettes and citrus colors call to mind a post afternoon-nap stroll along the boardwalk, talking of days gone by, with little clue as to the obnoxiously loud print you’re wearing to compensate for weakened eyesight. And much like you’d expect the wardrobe of someone with a long life behind them to be, there’s little to no cohesion between most looks. Does this sound harsh? Perhaps. But Tracy has done and can do better.
She jumps from the aforementioned Florida-inspired palate to tribal to sporty all-white ensembles. It’s almost as if she designed several pieces that were hers and then threw in some extras to capture recent trends and add more commercial flare. What else is there to explain look number 27: a neutral, low-waist shift dress with a leather peplum-like bottom that has little versatility in terms of fit, wearability or capability to flatter the feminine form.
In one respect to her aspirations for the collection, she did manage to avoid anything precious, as many designers this season opted to continue to the fit-and-flare, ladylike craze, producing “cute” ensembles perfect for a tea party. If you’re a die hard Reese fan and will stop it nothing to shop this collection, there are a few simple dresses that can be layered and paired with heels and flats alike. Check out looks 21, 25 and 37.