Billy Reid's Lyrical Style

Martin Marks

Yesterday at Milk Studios, Alabama-based, CFDA Award winning-designer Billy Reid presented his Spring/Summer 2012 collection in a setting meant to invoke the inspiring force behind his latest work -- the American songwriter. An elongated gazebo serving as backdrop to the presentation -- tangled vines and silken curtains and hanging candles adding an air of elegance-in-disrepair -- while a band of singer-songwriters played (Shelly Colvin, Cory Chisel, and Keegan Dewitt), musicians whom Reid credits, in his presentation notes, as having been in his thoughts this season. In bringing this lyrical element to the clothes, a 1960s hippy-style could be seen at work, as evidenced by the plaid cotton wool shorts, raglan t-shirts, and linen button down shirts for men and flowy skirts for women. Undyed linens and raw silks gave an earthen feel to the dinner jackets and double-breasted suits, whereas the distressed suede coats added a vintage element of homegrown, hand-made revivalism to the collection. See photographer Atisha Paulson's backstage photos above.

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