Billy Reid, winner of several prestigious awards, including the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund, held his fall 2011 presentation Saturday night. Set in the penthouse forum, of Milk Studios—twenty-two models rotated and stood still, showing off his most recent designs. For fall, he sought to tone down the color schemes even more—and to enmesh richer fabrics into practical, dressy and tightly woven ensembles.
Launching his business in 1998, the Florence Alabama-based designer, reconstructs traditional southern men and women’s wear, with a an edge. Worsted cable neck turtlenecks, and half a dozen double-breasted jackets—be it an un-dyed velvet dinner one, or a four-harness hopsack—Billy Reid’s employs heirloom, herringbone, camelhair, cordovan, lambskin, cashmere, cotton, tweed and wool in a number of ways. Be it shoes- jackets and pumps or loafers, BillyReid lines thicker, thermal skins and hairs with softer, smoother fabrics, like chiffon, silk or velvet.