By Laura Medina
Tracy Reese fall 2013 collection is very much inspired by New York with all its harshness and beauty. Reese combines a variety of rich textures and both feral and romantic patterns for a collection of sexy silhouettes with an emphasis on hourglass dresses, longer slim skirts, sweater tunics and bold, meaty jackets and coats. Black in all of its magnificence, from deep velvety darkness to textured patent refraction, anchors a palette highlighted by scarlet, cerise, teal, aubergine, tan and lychee. With a strong dress presence in this season's collection, a classic and flattering Floral Frock in Scarlet is embellished with delicate beading and paired with a flat closed-toe bootie to create a timeless and modern, yet easy-to-wear look.
The sequin and palette trend, that has been around for a good five years, has finally been accepted by Ms. Reese. In turn, she made it ladylike from its LA club kid beginnings.
The woman and mom behind Milly, Michelle Smith said this about her Fall 2013 Collection, "Layers of rich textures and saturated colors with modern, precise tailoring."
The bruised palette of black and blue was dominated in her Fall 2013 Collection, reminding this scribe of the Eighties, as well as the plaid.
Like Tracy Reese and other hot designers out there, Milly accepted and incorporated thin, lightweight leather as any other fabric, using it in sweaters, tops, and dresses. Leather is no longer trapped as outerwear. Digital prints in techno-colors also run through-out her collection.
If you can't wait for Milly Fall 2013, you can get slip your soles into her second collaboration and line for Sperry Top-Sider Spring/Summer 2013, literally pretty soon.
Michelle Smith of Milly pushed the comfy, classic deck shoes fashion-forward into comfortable, steady espadrilles and really cool Lucite heeled sandals. She dressed the classic original boat shoe aka "dock sneakers" in whimsical pink confetti print to bold bright colors on canvas material.
Whether it's deep and rich for Fall/Winter or light and bright for Spring, color is in.