I may have punk roots, but a few of my favorite things have evolved to include other decades mixed with the present: glam, fur accents, worn leather jackets, slim silhouettes and floppy hats.
Southern-born gent Billy Reid had his first, full-on runway for men and women at Chelsea’s Eyebeam Studios tonight, keeping pre-show crowds tame with a scintillating mix of Dogfish ale and sultry blues… until the night began. Watch as the models escape and ascend the catwalk.
As soon as the lights went up, we knew we were in for something a bit more stepped-up from the usual Reid, preppy-done-posh, yet casual affair. This time, there’s a definitive louche, glam vibe in the air, and it shows itself in the exquisitely tailored men’s collection with details like burnished leather, whiskey-tinged vests poking from under tweed jackets. On women, the look hinted at 1930s Hollywood, mixed with a rock and roll 70s aesthetic, with slim jackets layered over a streamlined, long silhouette.
Electric blue 70s-inspired pants suits and wide(ish) lapels on ladies, paired with flairs or a slinky, calf-grazing skirt are among the first looks to pop. The collars featured on three-quarters’ wool coats for both sexes are beyond fabulous, and when paired with a floppy Faye Dunaway hat and a Hollywood collar, on women, in black or the perfect luxe beige, it’s pure elegance.
Reid, a Louisiana native (and winner of the CFDA/Vogue Fund Fashion Award 2010) , is now blossoming out onto the international fashion scene. He reportedly “ordered 50 sheared nutria pelts to incorporate into his fall/winter collection” from his Louisiana home state, deeming it “bad ass fur.”
The pieces in this collection were subdued, yet slick, a quiet elegance that can go anywhere. We want to wear it everywhere. Is there a new Ralph Lauren in our midst?