New York Fashion Week, Spring 2016
As always, there are countless reports regarding trends and hoopla surrounding New York’s seasonal Fashion Week. And for the lay person — or make that for most regular folks who don’t live, breathe and work in fashion — things can get really confusing. While we are transitioning from our sexy summer frocks into our cool fall hook ups, Fashion Week’s fashion presentations are all about spring and summer of next year. Yes, next year!
This is what is special about the collection of designer and native Detroiter Tracy Reese, who introduced her Spring 2016 line during a Sundayafternoon runway show at the ArtBeam Gallery in the city’s Chelsea neighborhood. She approaches her collection with a definite buy-now-wear-now attitude. She was quoted in Vogue saying: “People don’t want to buy something and save it for a sunny day – they want to jump in.”
What that says is that while her year-round, warm-weather fans can slip into pieces from this collection in the next couple months, her customers that tread in chillier climates can also pull certain pieces to mix and match with what’s planned for this year’s fall/winter looks.
It was standing room only for fashionistas witnessing the show, including well known New Yorkers like, Andre Leon Talley. Also among the guests holding a coveted ticket for this presentation was fellow Detroiter Alison Vaughn, founder of Jackets for Jobs, a nonprofit organization that helps financially challenged men and women with business appropriate interview and employment attire.
It was Vaughn’s first Fashion Week experience, and she hopes, not her last. Vaughn was a personal guest of Reese. The two met when the designer served as celebrity chairperson for Jackets for Jobs’ 15th anniversary celebration this past spring. The two share a common enthusiasm for fashion and the empowerment it so often can enable.
A highlight of the show was the attendance and participation of fashionable actress, Sarah Jessica Parker, who collaborated with Reese on a line of footwear, SJP x Tracy Reese, that made its debut during the show.
Other themes that played out across Reese’s spring line (and Parker’s shoes), were transparency, bold colors and floral prints.