February 03, 2007
"I like the shiny fabric, the rhinestones," said Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland, singling out several party dresses as Tracy Reese's models came out for the finale. The singer was attending a Reese show for the first time, but she said she had admired the designer from afar for her feminine fabrics and embroideries. This collection delivered those and then some. With baroque for a buzzword, Reese layered tulle over sequins and topped a hot-pink taffeta cocktail dress with a strawberry-red tunic coat. A flat bow decorated the hem of a boxy cropped jacket worn with a full skirt that had cartridge pleats marching down its front.
The hosiery got high marks from Rowland, too. But the polka-dot and striped tights that the designer made in collaboration with Huenot to mention the heavy plastic bangles and earrings, and oversize fabric bows cinching the models' ponytailswere ultimately an annoying distraction from pretty clothes that could have easily stood on their own.