I’ve been obsessing over the Billy Reid Fall 2013 show for a few days now, and yet not necessarily for the reasons I typically obsess over a collection. Billy’s version of sartorial southern gentry is always a welcome part of the fashion schedule. His ease and approachable style, wearable yet incredibly luxe pieces, and his true and authentic sense of self and brand always come together for a beautiful show. And while the show was beautiful, it seemed to be lacking those special moments we’ve come to love from Billy. His men’s collection felt restrained and lost in a sea of earth tones, odd patterns and disturbing stripes. In short, the men’s line felt neglected. Which may not be that surprising given that Billy also gave us his biggest women’s collection to date at the same time.
The women’s collection shined through the warmth and woodsy inspiration, and it was clear that a lot of emphasis was placed on developing that business for Fall 2013. It’s where I found the most excitement, joy, and strength in point of view in this collection. All that being said, there were standout pieces in the men’s collection, particularly when it came to outerwear (the crackled rust leather jacket is an absolute must and genius!), which I showed here. We also got a glimpse of the Coach + Billy Reid accessories collaboration on the runway. Accessories, which this guy would like to have seen more of in the show.
[Photos via Style]