NYFW F2011 Pick: Billy Reid

19/02/2011 § 3 Comments

Sadly, the fashionable rush that is New York Fashion Week Fall 2011 has come to a close.  The tent is coming down, the street style photographers have left Lincoln Plaza, and the jetset is already on its way to London.  While a complete dissection of all the collections is a task best left to others, I did want to draw your attention to my NYFW F2011 pick for best in show — Billy Reid.

All images via Fashionista.

I am a longstanding admirer of Billy Reid’s menswear and completely fell in love with the Fall 2011 collection for women.  The aesthetic of both lines as presented at NYFW invoked such a deliciously southern and genteel world, I can’t help but yearn to sip an old fashioned on a brisk fall evening spent on a wraparound porch — put brilliantly by John Ortved at Fashionista:

“You meet a guy, and he’s everything you expected from a Southern gentleman.  He’s handsome and polite, has a strong gait, watches Alabama football, drinks bourbon.  And then you meet the woman with him.  She’s mired in warmth, sophistication and charm.  And you sigh as you realize she’s his woman, from her chiffon gown to her motorcycle jacket.”

Sighing, indeed.  Refinery and toughness, classicism with an edge, tailored sophistication?  Solidly up my alley.  Selected by GQ as 2010’s best new menswear designer, Billy Reid’s collection for women wins the day as he continues to keep an eye on contemporary trends as he reinterprets his southern-flavored classics.  He never ventures into the twee; everything is strong, clean and elegant. The use of leather and transparency especially appeals, along with the beautiful jackets and classic styling of the hair and makeup.  Such a wonderful show!  I simply cannot get enough.  Do check out Billy Reid.

Honorable MentionsAltuzarra‘s plaid, leather and fur.  Rachel Roy‘s layers and prints.  Ralph Lauren‘s trip to the orient.  Tommy Hilfiger‘s tailored suits and hats.  Tory Burch‘s bows and red velvet suit.  Oscar De La Renta…just because.

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§ 3 Responses to NYFW F2011 Pick: Billy Reid

  • Marissa says:

    Is it horrible that I’ve never heard of Billy Reid? His stuff is quite beautiful, though – very wearable, which is refreshing. I’m with you on Altuzarra. That was one of my favorites, too.

  • Mariah says:

    Not horrible, happy to get you two acquainted! I think you’ll find this southern gentleman to your liking.

    And Altuzarra was a VERY close second — the furs! To die for!

  • Katia says:

    Wow! Thank you for introducing me to Mr. Reid. This collection is everything that I love about fashion: pure, simple, classic, and most importantly timeless. Indeed, his designs are a breath of fresh air!

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