Tracy Reese took a newly bold and adventurous approach to her dazzling and eclectic Spring '16 collection that was a total home run in the sense of boldness and excitement and a much needed and progressive move forward into more experimental and forward thinking fashion. Where as in the past, there has been a pronounced romantic and vintage-y vibe being mined chez Maison Reese, here that vibe was evident still, signature style and all, but it was focused through a now more current and even avant lens that added a serious amount of vigour and renewed energy to her flirtatious and retro looks.
Boldness was a key word for the day as was fearless, Reese delivered more punch in both the hues on display and the styling of the looks, there was this season, a something of a Mad Max meets Bohemienne flavour, romantic yet tough as nails. It was a striking and odd synthesis that never once faltered or failed,. each exit seemed to be telling a page from a greater, yet purposely enigmatic tale. A truly loud look of a flou rich Aqua maxi dress surmounted by a filmy gauzy layer of whisper light Lace in the same shade was casual and romance laden without being treacly or wan. A trio of Greens, comprising a sturdy trench coat that was rendered in a delicate Lace and paired with bermudas and a low bateau neck top underneath had a serious urban streetwear vibe but felt relaxed and upbeat, not like a forbidding armor to shield oneself.
As for Reese's always assured and unwavering hand in evening, partake of a throwback glamourous look in fishtail skirted White Lace that would look equally as stunning on someone like Charlize Theron or Jean Harlow. Or, the peak of offhanded luxe, a drapey Gunmetal sequined top worn over a brocaded fishtail skirt that reeked of modern Hollywood, but again, was working a serious tough, yet chic groove. In the end, Reese gave us a command performance of impeccable and faultless modernity swathed in her signature romance that never once felt like she was compromising who she really is or paying empty hearted obeisance to current trends and fads. In that sense, her collection while wholly and resolutely of the minute, was also unerringly timeless, a tricky balancing act to be sure, yet one Reese accomplished swimmingly and with apparent gusto!