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The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Designer Tracy Reese, left, acknowledges audience applause after her Spring 2015 collection was modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The Tracy Reese Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Fashion designer Tracy Reese arrives at a dedication ceremony for the Anna Wintour Costume Center, Monday May 5, 2014, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Fashion from the Tracy Reese Fall 2014 collection is modeled, during New York Fashion Week on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Fashion from the Tracy Reese Fall 2014 collection is modeled, during New York Fashion Week on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Australian model Bianca Hepburn poses for a photographer backstage after she is styled for fashion designer Tracy Reese's Fall 2014 show, during New York Fashion Week on Sunday Feb. 9, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Art Beam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Art Beam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Art Beam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Art Beam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Art Beam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Art Beam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Art Beam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Art Beam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Art Beam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Art Beam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Art Beam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Tracee Ellis Rossattends the MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 Tracy Reese fashion show at Artbeam on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Kimiko Glenn, from left, Dascha Polanco and Jennifer Morrison attend the MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 Tracy Reese fashion show at Artbeam on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Dascha Polanco, left, and Kimiko Glenn attend the MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 Tracy Reese fashion show at Artbeam on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Jennifer Morrison attends the MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 Tracy Reese fashion show at Artbeam on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Kimiko Glenn attends the MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 Tracy Reese fashion show at Artbeam on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Dascha Polanco attends the MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 Tracy Reese fashion show at Artbeam on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Kimiko Glenn attends the MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 Tracy Reese fashion show at Artbeam on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Whoopi Goldberg attends the MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 Tracy Reese fashion show at Artbeam on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Whoopi Goldberg and her granddaughter Jerzey Dean attend the MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 Tracy Reese fashion show at Artbeam on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Dascha Polanco and Kimiko Glenn are seen at MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 Tracy Reese fashion show at Artbeam on Sunday, September 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Mila J is seen at MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 Tracy Reese fashion show at Artbeam on Sunday, September 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Dascha Polanco is seen at MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 Tracy Reese fashion show at Artbeam on Sunday, September 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Mila J is seen at MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 Tracy Reese fashion show at Artbeam on Sunday, September 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
Mila J is seen at MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 Tracy Reese fashion show at Artbeam on Sunday, September 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
June Ambrose and Mila J are seen at MBFW Spring/Summer 2015 Tracy Reese fashion show at Artbeam on Sunday, September 7, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Designer Tracy Reese walks the runway with NYX Cosmetics at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at ArtBeam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for NYX)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Jennifer Morrison and fashion designer Tracy Reese backstage at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Art Beam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Models pose backstage at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Art Beam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Actress Jennifer Morrison and fashion designer Tracy Reese backstage at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Art Beam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Director director Steve McQueen, fashion designer Tracy Reese and a guest backstage at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Art Beam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Fashion designer Tracy Reese backstage at the Tracy Reese fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Art Beam on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)
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By LEANNE ITALIE
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tracy Reese had dancers pop out of the audience for a brief performance that opened her New York Fashion Week show Sunday, putting her inspiration for spring - the choreographer Martha Graham - into motion.

Reese divided her clothes into three "acts," along the lines of how Graham lived life: discipline, craft and exuberance, the designer explained backstage.

She built slowly from a series of dark black dresses and skirts in gabardine and stretch crepe to bright yellows, greens, pinks and purples in mixed prints and sparkly embellishments.

Reese said some of the prints were inspired by nature, succulent gardens and the insects that inhabit them.

She paired a wide-necked sweater patterned in a desert landscape with a miniskirt in a bright fuschia floral. A green strapless maxi dress was printed with cactus flowers and worn with a raffia check jacket in another shade of green closer to kelly.

Her final "act," representing exuberance, included stretch crepe tops, pants and dresses in a hot pink. It was the same shade she used for her final gown, a cloque-patterned strapless maxi dress with a high waist.

Reese said she admired the way Graham lived her life.

"She talked a lot about taking the time to learn your craft and master it before you can go on and be free to fully express it," she said.

And Reese tapped into a trend for fashion week: glorious flat shoes she even put on models showing off evening wear.

"Flats are my real life," she explained as she slipped on a pair herself in black with sparkles at the toe.

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