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Tracy Reese is another designer who has traditionally referenced vintage throughout her always feminine, girlie, and whimsical collections, and admits to being inspired by rich color and fabric mixes (when she uses black, it is rarely if ever on its own, but mixed with exuberant hues). This season, she cited Vuillard and Poiret as inspiration for a decidedly deco infused collection in which she balanced masculine with feminine, and also played with volume.  Colors like lilac, shades of blue, caramel, cerise, peach, and bright cherry, were given depth through embossed velvet, lace, beading, chenille brocade, and flower corsage beading, but if one thing stands out, it was Tracy's love affair with gold- the color and the metal. Ochre gold, fatigue gold, fabrics shot with gold, and gold sequins helped light up the runway, as did her great Gerard Yosca accessories. Like Anna Sui, this is one woman who believes that anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

Standouts include the ochre gold film embroidered scoop neck blouse with glen plaid cuffed trouser; the gold collar coat over Vuillard landscape blouson camisole with orchid gold film embroidered skirt; a camel fur trimmed coat over nectar gold film embroidered frock; the pumpkin vintage velvet cardigan over nectar gold film embroidered shell worn with camel gilded wool cuffed trouser; a gold sequined 'swag' shift; and a fatigue gold shot princess coat and fitted trouser with flesh toned blouse. Just a note, Tracy wanted to concentrate on noteworthy evening coats, because she's always thought it was challenging to find that great piece to throw over an evening dress. She certainly succeeded.


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