We always look forward to Billy Reid‘s show as a refreshing respite from the oftentimes monotony of NYFW : At Billy’s show the men in the audience far outnumber the women and it’s the gents, too, that are best dressed; the show started on time and beer–not champagne– was served to show-goers. In short it was everything that so many shows today lack: Unpretentious, fun, and filled with good-looking straight guys.
But just because the atmosphere was laidback, that’s not to say the clothing–or the designer’s skill–isn’t serious. Far from it: Reid’s expert tailoring could be seen as much in the men’s three piece suits and fur-trimmed outerwear as in the women’s belted coats, fitted skirts and smart trousers. Our two favorite looks, at least in the womenswear department, had to be the cobalt blue suit and the tailored black skirt suit with cobalt pocket square. The fabulously wide-brimmed floppy hats were also a welcome addition to the collection.
Afterwards we headed to Reid’s Bond Street store, where the show was celebrated in true Billy Reid fashion with beer, Bourbon, and a jubilant group of fans and friends–a testament to Reid’s ability to make everyone in his proximity feel like an old pal.