For Spring 2014, Billy Reid cut loose. His indigo surf pants, camouflage poncho, henleys, and club shorts gave more breathing room than we’ve seen in recent seasons, offering a silhouette that, while far from boxy, rebuffed the sacred tightness we’ve become accustomed to.
With this subdued but assertive collection, Reid presented shorts—made from selvedge tweed, jacquard and terry—that called to the west coast in their casualness. His pale blue chinos—and instant winner on his first look—henleys, white cotton tux, and herringbone surf pants reinforced this notion without cajoling or even much effort.
Of course, Reid hasn’t abandoned his favorite color scheme—he effuses his collections with so many luxurious, leathery, earthy tones of brown, beige, bourbon, hazel, and rust that one can get a little lost in them. There’s a double-breasted suit in “oatmeal,” a surf pant in “red and gold,” and a stunning leather touring jacket in plain old “brown” (there was also a striped blazer and pant in “okra,” a color that Crayola needn’t consider for a future set).
The overall effect was sturdy and appealing. Another stand-up triple for the Alabama-based designer (who probably prefers football: “roll tide,” and all that).