IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.

Tracy Reese offers dressed up style for spring

Lacoste offered colorful tennis-style attire for men
/ Source: The Associated Press

The layered look will live on, but designer Tracy Reese has dressed it up quite a bit for next spring.

Many of the cocktail dresses Reese showed Sunday at New York Fashion Week were sexy slip dresses covered with a lace overlay. The palette ranged from carnation pink to Granny Smith green, and Reese gave her approval to wearing multiple spaghetti straps.

Lynn Whitfield’s favorite was a brown-and-cream floral dress with tiers. “I like the soft, simple look,” the Emmy-winning actress said from her front-row seat.

Reese also previewed some eveningwear: An untraditional white-and-silver cardigan with the opening in the back paired with slim white jacquard pants with lace insets at the hip was a fresh and modern look.

An acoustic band played beach music as Alexandre Herchcovitch sent models wearing baby doll dresses with high waists, thick belts and oversized buttons down the runway Sunday.

A tailored short suit in a pink-and-gray stripe with blue tartan plaid trim introduced classic menswear touches to a new generation.

“It was colorful, bright and there were pretty prints,” said Joan Kaner, senior vice president and fashion director for Neiman Marcus. “It’s for the young. It’s for the same girl Marc Jacobs is designing for.”

Lacoste added a lot of color to tennis whites for spring 2006.

A classic women’s tennis dress was done in a bold Pucci-like print, and jogging shorts in orange, red and blue, paired with halter and strapless tops in equally vibrant colors seemed like a nod to the roller disco days of the 1970s.

The collection also included a navy-and-white chalk-striped blazer and an exaggerated cowl-neck top, indicating that Lacoste is aiming for the street as well as the country club.

Lacoste Creative Director Christophe Lemaire called the crisp and clean line “preppy pop.”

Lacoste men, including Andy Roddick, who wore a navy alligator logo shirt as he sat in the front row at Saturday night’s runway show, will likely be wearing tapered-leg pants, white polo shirts with brightly colored edges and fitted shorts next season.

New York Fashion Week continues through Friday with shows by Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Catherine Malandrino, Vivienne Tam, Anna Sui and Vera Wang.