NEW YORK (AP) — Opening with the beat of a single cowbell, Tracy Reese rode her Michelle Obama bump from the Democratic National Convention into Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Sunday, putting on a show of juxtapositions in color, textiles and embellishments.
"It's still such a big high," Reese smiled backstage after the show. "It reminded us how grateful we have to be to live in this country."
In a range of foliage greens, cool blues, warm ochre, tangerine and crimson, Reese put wide bands of flat industrial shingle sequins on airy loose trousers in yellows and reds.
She mixed a dainty, beaded floral pattern on top of one sleeveless shift dress with zigzags outlined in black sequins against bold blue on the bottom.
Sending out more than 40 looks, Reese worked in phosphorescents to embroider bright pink flowers on the top of a tunic, using the same technique in yellow in a tribal pattern at the bottom.
Perforated panels of black accented a shift in suede the color of latte. A cropped jumpsuit in blue was paired with a cardigan perforated in the same way in black.
Tangerine fringe skimmed the bottom of a V-neck mini dress that had a wide band of gold sequins below the waist.
"I wanted to tell a story about how opposites can attract," Reese said. "There's bright and neutral, organic and technical."
Anything for the first lady this time around?
"We have a lot more back in the showroom," Reese said. "I think there's going to be a lot of things that she'll like."
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