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Tracy Reese Fall 2012 Runway Show

Today I attended the Tracy Reese Fall 2012 runway show, part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Tracy Reese is easily one of my favorites for her use of color, texture and the fact that her clothes ooze cool but you don't have to be a "cool" girl to wear them, if that makes sense. This season, the designer offered up "colorful, confident attire for navigating the urban landscape." This translated into chic tailored coats, slim pants and cozy sweaters, as well as feminine blouses, easy shifts and shortened skirts. The palette was a mix of vibrant tomato, juniper green, lemon and enlivening neutral browns, grays and black. I loved all the graphic prints and shots of metallic - my favorite looks included a violet lamé party frock (expected but no less gorgeous) and a formal beaded t-shirt dress - totally unexpected and oddly fabulous. The accessories were eye-catching, too. Nearly all the models wore sunglasses or these crazy hats by Jennifer Ouellette for Tracy Reese that reminded me of baseball caps with an exaggerated brim in vivid hues like purple and red. Wedge shoeties by Highline United for Tracy Reese looked comfortable enough to walk in but still felt fun - I liked the colorblock peep-toes best. What do you think of the collection?