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Tracy Reese presents her Resort 2015 collection

Fashion designer Tracy Reese presented her Resort 2015 women's ready-to-wear collection in her showroom on June 17, during Resort Market Week in New York. Her showroom is located on 260 West 39 Street in New York City. Ms. Reese of one of country's premiere womenswear fashion designers. She custom designed the dress that First Lady Michelle Obama wore, when Ms. Obama delivered her speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2012. Tracy Reese is also one of the very few African-American designers that presents a runway fashion show consistently at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Model poses in an outfit from the Tracy Reese Resort 2015 collection, during Resort Market Week in New York on June 17, 2014.
Photo by: Shawn Punch
Model poses in a cheetah print into red-stripe blouse with flared, denim jacquard pants from the Tracy Reese Resort 2015 collection, during Resort Market Week in New York on June 17, 2014.
Photo by: Shawn Punch

Ms. Reese's resort 2015 collection is inspired by the 1970s. This can be seen in the use denim flared pants, which is a modern take on bell-bottom pants from that decade. Butterflies are another major source of inspiration. Their image appears as prints on a silk maxi dress and frock, as well as an abstract pattern on coats and dresses. Color-blocking, stripes and the mixing of animal prints are key features. Two models alternated outfits on an orange backdrop as the look-book for the collection was being photographed. Fashion editors and guests arrived to the showroom at appointed times to watch the models during the photo-shoot, and to see & feel the garments up close on racks.

A signature look is the butterfly maxi dress. It has color-blocking consisting of turquoise, purple and black, with deep-blue, floating butterfly sleeves. A very hip look is cheetah into red-stripe blouse with flared, denim jacquard pants. Another standout looks is a grey, marled poncho, python into blue-stripe blouse, with python and cheetah print skirt. Please click on link to view looks from the Tracey Reese Resort 2015 collection.