Around the Design World in 180 Words: Pre-Fashion Week Edition

  • Known for her masterful mix of color, texture, and prints, designer Tracy Reese is gearing up to present a fall collection distinguished by rich hues and sculptural shapes. “Each look has some point of brilliance—a shot of metallic, antique copper and silver, or a vibrant pop of raspberry, aqua, or amber—breathing new life into muted neutral tones of toffee, black, brown, and gray,” says the designer, who stoked our interest in her February 14 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with this sketch of “a scarf-cape paired with a pleated maxi skirt in rich curry, with a jade clutch for a color burst.” She had us at “scarf-cape”!
  • Simon Doonan is Diet Pepsi’s new secret weapon in its ongoing efforts to convert Diet Coke-addicted fashion types (who, us?). Next week, the self-described “window dresser made good” will unveil the Diet Pepsi Style Studio, a creative pop-up window and public art installation that will be located at 362 West Broadway.
  • Paco Rabanne is coming back to life with the help of Indian designer Manish Arora, who has been appointed creative director for women’s wear at the Puig-owned brand.