September 10th, 2014
There has always been a certain timelessness to Billy Reid’s designs, pieces that speak to a bygone era of Southern gentlemen updated for a 21st-century sensibility. For Spring 2015, presented alongside Bloody Marys and the usual live accompaniment in the soaring hall of the High Line Hotel, he worked with a wealth of new fabrics and a looser fit for a relaxed feel that was comfortable and casual without being sloppy (something no one would ever dare accuse Reid of). There were some surprisingly thick fabrics for a Spring collection, but they were worked with a sense of lightness, from the billowing tunics and long shirts to the baggy shorts that hit below the knee. The palette, appropriately for an Alabama man who aims to avoid the feel of anything too “fashion,” was a range of soft pastels, comforting and warm, with a few engaging prints reminiscent of textile patterns. The shapes were a new development for Reid, but still just right for the guy who wants to look good without looking like he’s trying too hard.