Tracy Reese

(Sunday at Lincoln Center

Tracy Reese received a last-minute major endorsement by way of Michelle Obama, when the first lady wore an iridescent brocade dress by the designer during her speech at the Democratic National Convention.

As a result, the Tracy Reese show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week became one of the most sought-after tickets of the season.

Thankfully, the designer did not disappoint.

Reese focused on bold colors (orange, purple, yellow, green and aqua); animal and African prints and plenty of metallics to craft together a very wearable collection.

Layers were key, using pieces like lightweight sheer blouses in beige, pink and neons and lace black blouses, which she paired with a black jacket and lime green pants.

My favorite came in the form of Reese's metallic offerings. Her color-blocked pants in black or red with metallic horizontal stripes were to die for. She also applied metallics successfully to dresses,   

Reese also threw a lot of patterns into the collection. They came in separates -- stunning blouses, flirty skirts. She also had a number of long sleeveless dresses, jumpers, and sleeveless tunics that will become go-to's this spring.

Overall, I think Reese did more than enough to justify why she's been a go-to for the first lady. Those unfamiliar with her brand will definitely be impressed by her latest offerings.


Zang Toi

(Sunday at Lincoln Center)

If there were one designer who captured the feel of Chanel of old, it had to be Zang Toi. Toi said that the collection was inspired by the romantic French Riviera.

The famed designer put on quite a production for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week standards. His models -- both men and women -- would interact with one another in the former of sheepishly looking back at one another on the runway. It added another level of romanticism. 

It's rare for designers to have both menswear and womenswear collections and to excel at both, but that's precisely what Toi did.

His suits and tuxedos for men were flawless. His dresses, gowns and separates for women were equally as stunning.

Toi's show was arguably one of the best of the season. While Christian Siriano had a stronger collection top to bottom, Toi threw in more show-stopping pieces. He received three separate rounds of applause while his show was in full swing, which is something that I have not seen at this level.

His gowns were simply first class. Accents such as crystal caplets and rose bouquets made of rich fabrics were in abundance and added to the opulence of the garments.