NYFW: Designer Tracy Reese’s Spring 2012 Inspiration

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Pictured: Sketch from Tracy Reese’s upcoming Spring 2012 collection.

Doesn’t this outfit and hat look positively vintage? Tracy Reese’s office sent this over as a preview to her upcoming runway show at New York Fashion Week.  My spies tell me that Tracy’s collection will  consist of softly voluminous styles paired with lean, refined silhouettes, evolving proportions with a focus on modern fluidity. Sounds interesting, and possibly casually chic. When asked about her Spring 2012 inspiration, here is what Tracy had to say.

A feminine yet relaxed mood is achieved through the juxtaposition of romance and sport, comfort and flattery. Subtle hues of khaki and blush mixed with pastel shades of waterfall, misty blue and aqua tears gradually intensify to deep saturated tones and neon brights, making a bold splash for the transition into summer. A drapey culotte jumpsuit in waterfall, complimented with drawstring waist and seductive neckline details, pairs with a lemon zest hat and printed platform sandals to embody the relaxed mood of the season,” says Ms. Reese.

I like the mix of romance and sport, but I have to be honest, I’m not wild about a culotte jumpsuit. Never the less, I look forward to seeing the rest of the collection and getting the full picture. I love every single dress that Mrs. Obama has worn from Tracy Reese this year.  Most Tracy Reese dresses are under $300.00 and sometimes much less, when you can catch them on sale at Anthropology and other upscale retailers.


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