Billy Reid Hosts South by Southwest Shindig with K-Swiss and American Songwriter
AUSTIN--Designer Billy Reid was undoubtedly the best choice to host for American Songwriter magazine’s South by Southwest celebration yesterday. From the vintage-inspired venue to the unmistakably hipster vibe, the entire event was a testament to the simple yet romantic style we’ve come to know and love from the Alabama-based designer. Hosted at Austin’s newest live music venue, Swan Dive, the party was a crowd pleaser, whetting music lovers’ appetites with the likes of Keegan DeWitt, The Apache Relay, Jason Isbell and The Civil Wars. Not only did the party provide a taste of what the Texas music festival does best, it afforded plenty of opportunity for the fashion-inclined to express their personal style. There were skinny jeans paired with brogues--no surprise, there--dresses paired with vests, and fedoras paired with Ray Bans. And while the core of the world renown festival remains in art and music, a definite niche has been carved for fashion. (A new sartorial convention, Style X, premieres this weekend).