Posted by Stephan Moskovic | March 1st, 2011
For Fall 2011, Billy Reid presented what could be considered the city-mouse version of the spirited yet sophisticated looks that won him the GQ/CFDA Best New Menswear Designer in America award last season. Reid’s presentations are famous for their elaborate sets, and this year’s was no different. The wood was still trucked up from the designer’s native South—as the mounds of dried leaves had been a year before—but the overall ambience was more Upper East Side penthouse than plantation. The clothes were, appropriately, softer and lighter than in previous outings, but still with the masculine touch that makes Reid a favorite among those who like the urban woodsman look but want to dress a cut above. There were sharp tailored suits and elegant overcoats that looked refined without being effete. Reid also presented a selection of looks for women for the first time, including several long dresses that were chic and effortless, and one particularly stunning evening coat made of sheer silk. The look was Reid through and through—honest, comfortable, and classic.