GALLERY: Behind the Scenes at Tracy Reese's Show During New York Fashion Week


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Reese's Pieces


Tracy Reese enjoying herself backstage at her runway show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. One of the few prominent African-American designers showing this year, Reese unveiled her spring collection for 2011.

Captions by Ann Espuelas

Caught in Style

Taking a break from designing shoes with her sister Vanessa for Pastry Shoes, Angela Simmons holds court at Lincoln Center at the Tracy Reese show.



Looking like jaguars ready to pounce, the photographers at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week snap away at the Tracy Reese show on Sept. 13.

Model Behavior


The buzz at this year's Fashion Week was about the paucity of black models. But Tracy Reese chose this model for her show.

Black and White


One of Tracy Reese's black-and-white pieces for her show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Sept. 13.

Peace, Man


The '70s rear their not-so-ugly head at the Tracy Reese show at Fashion Week. This model wears the collection's signature oversized, rose-colored specs.

Just Plain Gorgeous


Tracy Reese shows how black and white is classic and wearable. Although critics claim that Reese's clothes are "safe," they work for many women — including a bevy of celebs — who find that her line just plain makes them gorgeous.

All-White Everything


A stunning African-American model in drop-dead white at Tracy Reese's show on Sept. 13.



Tracy Reese shows her groovy side: This catwalker from Fashion Week seems to be channeling the 1970s with her droopy hat and bell sleeves.

Who Wears Short Shorts?


A model at Tracy Reese's Fashion Week show goes über-feminine, strutting in short shorts and pumps.

Critic's Choice


A pioneer for African-American women in fashion, beauty, journalism and television, Veronica Webb is a discerning critic at Fashion Week, this year held at Lincoln Center. Here she's color-blocked in the crowd at Tracy Reese's show.

Miss June


Celebrity stylist June Ambrose seems to like what she sees at the Tracy Reese show at Fashion Week. She's wearing the same kind of oversized sunglasses seen on many of the models.

The Gold Standard


Teri Agins, who covers fashion for The Wall Street Journal, glitters in gold at Tracy Reese's show at Fashion Week.

Starry Night


The clothes say "all business," but the smile tells a different story for Entourage starlet Dania Ramirez at the Tracy Reese runway show.



Models take the final runway walk with a dappled sea scene in the background at the Tracy Reese show.

Let's Talk Togs


Tracy Reese explaining herself backstage at her Fashion Week show on Sept. 13.

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