She just completed a stint on Project Runway as a guest judge and Michelle Obama wore her custom designed dress to the Democratic National Convention. Now Tracy Reese is sharing her secrets to success!
Q&A with Tracy Reese
SheKnows: How was it being a guest judge on Project Runway?
Tracy Reese: It was wonderful! I think the show gives young designers such a great opportunity to be able to create pieces and have such incredible individuals from the fashion industry give their feedback.
SK: What's the best advice you've been given?
TR: When I was growing up, my dad always said, “Be prepared to work twice as hard as anyone else if you want to achieve your goals.”
SK: What's the best advice you've ever given?
TR: It's important for new and aspiring designers to have a vision and stick with it, no matter what obstacles come up. Stepping outside of the current trends and trying something different and working hard to achieve the vision is key to reaching certain goals as a fashion designer.
"Be prepared to work twice as hard as anyone else if you want to achieve your goals."
SK: How would you describe your style in a few words?
TR: Feminine with a vintage and bohemian influence.
SK: What's one style rule to break?
TR: Women should not be afraid to wear color!
SK: When did you know you made it?
TR: It's hard to name just one moment since I am so thankful for my career in general, but opening my store in the West Village was monumental.
SK: How did it feel to have the first lady wear your dress?
TR: It's always an incredible feeling! She looked stunning and I love how her own style always shines through whatever she wears. She wears her clothing beautifully and I am always appreciative of the opportunity to dress her.
SK: Which celebrity would you love to dress?
TR: Robin Roberts.
SK: Who's your style icon?
TR: Both my mother and grandmother.
SK: What spring trend are you loving?
TR: I am loving all of the color! I can't wait to greet the warm weather with colors like Kelly green and bright yellows.
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