Tracy Reese's Fall and holiday collections dig into the heart and soul of the season by showcasing updated classics that every woman wants for her Winter wardrobe. Luxe fabrics, rich with texture, complement cozy sweaters, while lace and beading adorn fit-and-flare frocks and jersey shifts. Reese is known for her ultrafeminine, polished pieces layered with intelligent nostalgia, charm, and glamour — just what every modern woman needs. Shop Tracy's personal picks below.
We not only got an exclusive look backstage at Tracy Reese's Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week show, but also received tutorials from the lead hairstylist and makeup artist. Ouidad creative director Morgan Willhite explained how to achieve the romantic bun she created, which used minimal product for a matted, natural formation. Then, makeup artist Mally Roncal used gloss on the lips — and the brows — for a high-shine look. And Sally Hansen artists created the easy-to-replicate (yet stunning!) nail art. Plus, the models were adorned in intricate temporary tattoos before hitting the catwalk. No wonder we couldn't keep our eyes off Tracy's runway.
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Forget blurred lines: at Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week, it's been all about straight lines. In lieu of intricate nail art, designers have been sending models down the runway wearing simple, clean straight lines on the nails. Whether it's horizontal, vertical, or both (like the look from Tibi, pictured above), this look is easy to achieve at home. Just grab a nail art pen and draw. If you prefer a more precise line, however, painter's tape is perfect to use as a guide to form straight shapes. You can also try striping tape ($3), a thin adhesive strip that's easily cut to size.
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If the maracas, steel drums, and bongos didn't clue audience members in to what influenced Tracy Reese's high-octane, superbly saturated Spring 2014 collection, the clothes were a dead giveaway. From tropical colors to raffia textiles to fit-and-flare frocks ready for a little cha-cha-cha, the spirited offering was Cuban-inspired — and as fresh and feminine as any past ready-to-wear line by the designer. Same goes for her print play: Reese mixes and matches like no other, but she also knew when to tone it down, as she did with the final six subdued-but-no-less-interesting all-white ensembles.
Our favorite pieces? A lapis laser-cut neoprene jacket with a hot pink underlay, a sea green floral bomber that looked light as a feather, and stark white tuxedo-striped palazzo pants. Oh, and the fedoras. Viva la Cuba!
The mood backstage at Tracy Reese Spring 2014 was filled with fun. The Latin music that filtered in from the runway sound check bolstered the Afro-Cuban beauty theme. Ouidad creative director Morgan Willhite embraced each model's natural hair texture to create a textured bun with tendrils flowing around the face.
For makeup, Mally Roncal used a smudging technique to give the eyeliner a slept-in look. The lip was high-gloss and even the brows had a touch of lip gloss for shine. But the element we always look forward to from the Tracy Reese show is the manicure. This season the windowpane nail art by Sally Hansen was inspired by the gingham and checkered prints of the collection. Lead manicurist Tracylee used Mojito, Carnivale, and Batbano Blue (colors releasing this March) as a base for the simple black design.
And as with all of Reese's other shows, no detail went unnoticed. For the finishing touch, Reese requested that models be swathed in temporary tattoos.
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Tracy Reese is known for her feminine, vintage-inspired designs, and over the years, she's created collections of flirty frocks and relaxed travelwear enough to make anyone swoon. Her shows evoke a spirit of easy, gorgeous glamour, and she never fails to send models down the runway looking natural, fresh, and ridiculously pretty. So in honor of New York Fashion Week, which officially starts Sept. 5, click through to get inspired by the loveliest looks from Tracy Reese's runway shows.
— Additional reporting by Jessica Cruel and Jaime Richards
Step into the dark side with moody floral prints for Fall. With dark botanic-patterned pieces ranging from floaty chiffon tops to ankle boots, there are a number ways to inject the trend into your daily wardrobe. Don Marni's ladylike floral coat with sleek trousers and ankle boots for a day at the office, or show off your party style in Valentino's whimsical, full-skirted dress. Peep our picks for irresistible options from Tracy Reese, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and more.
As if you needed another reason to hit the pool or beach this season, we're giving you one: One Kings Lane just launched a collection of limited-time-only designer beach towels guaranteed to get more head turns than the designer swimsuit you saved up for. The new series offers frame-worthy designs from fashion and home heavyweights like Celerie Kemble, Nanette Lepore, and Steven Alan, all for just $29. Plus, the proceeds from this exclusive collection will benefit each participating designer's charity of choice — winning you style and philanthropic points. While Tracy Reese is the first designer to kick off the series, we've landed you a sneak peek of the rest of the collections launching from now through August. Be sure to pin the towel you'll be waiting for, and pounce on them before they sell out!