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Archive: September, 2012

POSTED: Monday, September 10, 2012, 10:17 AM

Mercedes Benz New York City Fashion Week may be subdued this year, but the clothes are absolutely stunning. It feels like designers have finally found their stride, creating a look special for the millennium. No more borrowing from decades past. The spring 2013 promises to be a slimming one with easy wear clothing that are flowing and modern. Palettes are  a rainbow of saturated sherberts - turquoise, limes and tangerines -  and crispy neutrals - black, tans and whites.  Lace embellishments lived on the same pieces as leather ones (yes, for summer.) Color blocking remains important. Hemlines have dropped - there is a continuation of the high-low trend. And - thank you, Mrs. Obama - it's all about shoulders, shoulders, shoulders. Here is a recap of some of my faves for the last four days.

Tracy Reese

Coming off the Michelle Obama raspberry red, periwinkle blue showstopper, you can imagine that Tracy Reese's Spring 2013 collection was a hot ticket. The Tracy Reese girl has a bad girl edge, but the glasses - that was her featured accessory - reminds you of her intelligence. Her mussy hair means she's easy going, but, the blend of leather and lace shows soft edge. Reese showed a mix of long and short. Usually Reese has a chandalier in the middle of the runway, but this year she showed a montage of international club scenes. Great show!

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 12:51 PM

New York designer, Tracy Reese, knocked it out of the box when she designed this special occasion dress for Michelle Obama's killer speech at the Democratic National Convention. The dress, a spokeswoman for the company says, is a tweaked version of several Tracy Reese styles from previous seasons.

The dress - which is probably about $300 to $500- isn't available to the general public now. But that could change soon.  The spokeswoman didn't know if the dress was made especially for this event, but we are guessing it was. The jacquard red flowing into a periwinkle blue hem is a dead giveaway. This just in: shoes were by J.Crew.

Great choice. Although we do wish this dress was made in America.

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I’m a Libra so I’m all about pretty things. We of the scales sign know what we like, and our standards are high.

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