Menswear Review: Billy Reid and Gilded Age
What’s a boy to do after taking home the GQ’s 2010 Best New Menswear Designer award, and signing on to collaborate with a little label called Levi’s to design workwear? If you’re Louisiana-born, Alabama-based Billy Reid, you go back to doing what you do best: making all-American clothes imbibed with southern luxury, down home charm, and downtown hipness. There are soft, but refined cottons here (some blended with cashmere), boots, seersucker, and double-breasted suits. His Spring 2011 looks were presented on a stage with a series of antique doors (provided by an antique shop in Alabama), with a model standing on each side, and then rotating in a sartorial game of musical chairs (or was it doors).