Tracy Reese went tough and edgy without losing her signature girlie vibe for Fall 2013. She combined unexpected prints to a mixed degree of success.
I quickly fell in love with the prints in this collection. They really stood out when one print made a bold statement in an otherwise basic ensemble, like a rich orange and fuchsia floral paired with a white button down and black coat, or in daring combinations like ska-throwback black and red plaid with a soft nude and teal paisley-inspired print on a black background. Sometimes the beautiful graphics were combined on one shift dress to a really pretty effect. Less successful was the combination of camel-colored zebra print, black leather and black lace in one dress, or black and white poika dots with shearling and metallic multicolored pants resembling stained glass. Mixing animal prints is possible, but not preferable in this collection. But when the mix and match worked, it worked.
Standouts include the black and red tartan in a swingy skirt with an oversized black sweater with sequined body and a red print mini-dress with black leather bomber. A camel and black wool bomber also looked chic and modern over an all-over sequin frock. This was a really fun, youthful collection that you could still see more mature women (perhaps Mrs. Obama again?) dipping into as well.