February 10, 2013
"I want to remind girls that fashion should be fun and never taken too seriously," said Tracy Reese backstage after her Fall runway show. The designer has always taken a playful approach to combining lively colors and patterns, trendy materials, and flashy embellishments—the busier, the better—and she continued to do so this season. Animal prints were the collection's primary unifying force, and Reese mixed them together with abandon. The leopard knit pullover paired with a flared "zebra/ocelot" godet skirt were a little overkill worn in tandem, but a statement-making, Technicolor cheetah car coat seemed like a more viable option for Reese's youthful customer. Printed leather jackets layered over shaggy shearling vests had a contemporary bohemian appeal, while the red tartan pieces and pointy flat boots gave off more of a punky vibe. At times, the lineup seemed somewhat all over the place, but one of Reese's best traits is her willingness to try something new, put it out there, see if that works, then boldly move on to the next idea. Speaking of bold, she also pulled one of the better stunts we've seen this week, sending a model cradling a cat on a leash down the runway—cue the "catwalk" puns here.