Unlike some, NYFW doesn’t really send me into an excited frenzy. That being said, there are a few brands that I very much looking forward to seeing every year. Billy Reid is one of them. This brand has been a favorite since I saw a collection at Capsule trade show several years back. I had admired the clothing online for its decidedly southern character and classic silhouettes, but it wasn’t until seeing the craftsmanship in person that I truly fell in love. The materials are luxurious in texture and quality and the tailoring is impeccable. Founder Billy Reid designs the collections from his home base of Florence, AL and employs artisan factories in the USA and Europe to bring them to life. I continue to be impressed with the quality, authenticity, and heritage of his designs. It’s always a pleasure to get a sneak peek of the runway presentation hosted at the new Highline Hotel with their behind-the-scenes videos (above). I’ve included some of my favorite looks from the collection (photos via GQ). And be sure to stop by the website and admire my friend Mikael Kennedy’s photography of the S/S 2014 collection (a couple below). His work for them is spectacular and I wish it was available as a printed booklet.
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There’s little not to like about Shopbop’s recently launched menswear counterpart East Dane. They’ve accomplished the perfect balance of curating a great selection of brands and providing unpretentious guidance on how to wear them. What they’ve really mastered is catering to a variety of male shoppers. From the urban dresser in 3.1 Philip Lim and Public School to the outdoorsman in Apolis and Topo, East Dane has something for every guy. Below are my picks for a well-rounded spring wardrobe:
Personally, I’m quite proud of friend Jonathan Evans, East Dane’s fashion director! Don’t forget to stop by The Style Guide for some of his picks along with some lookbook enhanced style tips.
I’ve been a huge fan of Billy Reid for the past few years. He continued to impress with his menswear, and his womenswear consistently gets better and better. This year’s fall collection is his best yet. Mr. Reid took inspiration from the southern gentleman or lady who had traveled through Europe (specifically Paris and London), and had combined all their experiences into one killer wardrobe. Traditional silhouettes with perfect tailoring and a European sensibility were shaken up with a little American nonchalant styling and ruggedness. Noah Emrich took some amazing shots of the runway (my favorites are above) and you can find head to toe shots of the whole collection here.
One of my favorite designers this past year has been Billy Reid, for men and for women. My love for the latter was reinforced when I saw the Fall/Winter 2011 collection at (capsule) women’s trade show this past Monday. Reid has successfully created a women’s line that is genuinely inspired by menswear withouth just imitating it. Adopting a menswear silhouette and refining it for the female form without losing the tailoring of menswear is harder than it sounds (and many designers fail at it). But Reid has really excelled at this with his women’s F/W ’11 collection by incorporating feminine details and perfecting fit. Billy Reid’s New York store director Spencer Singer was very kind and let me take some pictures while we chatted about fishing and shark jaws (my business card with my jaw illustration sparked the conversation). Singer selected a few stand out pieces that he thought would be most appreciated by N’East Style readers and were my favorites. Of course no surprise there. If you live in New England, you can’t say no to a camel colored moleskin field jacket. I really fell in love with this piece because it reminds me of the jackets my grandfather used to wear. Usually down to the bone. The moleskin is amazingly soft and gorgeous and I’m sure it will age beautifully with wear. The button-front wool dress is tailored to perfection and I’ll bet money that it’s the dress that every woman will look amazing in come Fall. The maroon, navy, and cream printed silk lining is a Billy Reid original design to boot. I’m secretly hoping they make a blouse with this fabric as it’s stunning in person. Finally, as far as I’m concerned, every man and woman should own a navy peacoat. Especially one that is constructed well enough to last at least a decade. Reid has designed one with a more slim and elegant cut that will be more flattering for women than the average peacoat. I especially love the leather detail at the back collar. Not pictured is the trench coat which is predicted as the real best seller of the season. To see photos, check out We Are The Market’s coverage here. And while you’re there check out their Q & A with Singer. I’m really looking forward to stopping by the Billy Reid store on Bond Street in New York when this collections hits. I think I’ll have to try everything on!