Which one will Michelle Obama wear next Tracy Reese unveils ethnic-inspired collection at New York Fashion week
23:18 GMT, 9 September 2012
Tracy Reese attracted a full turnout today as she unveiled her ethnic-inspired collection at New York Fashion Week.
The New York-based designer, who has received much attention since dressing America's First Lady at the DNC last week, couldn't stop smiling as she witnessed crowds pack into the Lincoln Center's studio space.
While Mrs Obama's dusty pink dress had a classic feel, Reese's spring / summer line took a more modern approach, with geometric prints, bold colours and daring cuts.
Eclectic mix: Ms Reese's spring collection features bold colours, prints and embellishments
For the daytime there were roomy floral-print coats, sandy coloured linens and losoe-fitting pants, accessorised with thick-framed spectacles and heeled sandals.
While touches of metallic and smatterings of sequins injected a touch of glamour.
Ms Reese says that her inspiration from this season came from the fabrics offered at the Paris fabric collections.
She told The Daily Beast: 'There were a lot of really cool juxtapositions, technical fabrics but also a lot of organic fabrics – neons, brights, but also a lot of neutrals.
Daytime look: Sandy coloured linens and lose-fitting pants were seen at the Tracy Reese show
Flattering and feminine: The custom-made sleeveless Tracy Reese dress worn by Mrs Obama became an instant sensation
'And I wanted to play with those juxtapositions.'
As with many of the shows, sports-inspired pieces punctuated the womenswear line, with Ms Reese adding that her wares should be worn by a woman who is 'relaxed and confident in her own skin.'
She closed the show waving at spectators, wearing floral-print trousers, a shimmering emerald blouse and blood orange stilettos.
A host of celebrities featured on the front row including Lauren Conrad, Louise Roe, Katie Lee and Sami Gayle.
Ms Reese says that her inspiration came from the fabrics offered at the Paris fabric collections
Ms Reese, an African American
designer who was born in Detroit and launched her collection in New York
more than a decade ago, sits with the more affordable designers selling in luxury department stores, with dresses priced around $350.
Known for her use of bright colours, eclectic prints and
feminine silhouettes, she is a favourite of Mrs Obama.
Following Mrs Obama's appearance at the DNC she Tweeted: 'Thanks
everyone for sharing this amazing moment! We are all so grateful and
honored to have dressed Mrs. Obama for such a momentous speech!!'
Bright and bold: Tracy Reese couldn't stop smiling as she took to the runway to close the show