September 06, 2008
Tracy Reese once again looked to nature for inspiration, as she did for Fall, offering up a tactile collection in an Eden-worthy palette. "It's a Spring awakening," she said backstage, referring to pieces like a leather jacket with crawling ivy embroidery, and a silk tulip skirt with "petals" that cut away to reveal a crystal appliqué. Structured peplum dresses in vibrant nectarine and jade were a pleasing contrast to more ethereal chiffon numbers, and chain-mail lariat necklaces kept it all from looking too saccharine. If there was a drawback, it was in the editinga linen eyelet cuffed trouser looked fresh in its first incarnation, but by the third color it felt way overdone.