Billy Reid offered up a soft color palette of different shades of neutrals in an array of textured and luxe fabrics for spring. He even dabbled in solid black, ordinarily a no-no for someone with such a Southern sensibility, but the fit and flow of the ebony trench just felt right, Reid said, and made the cut.
Although his mastery of textile design was evident in the jacquard sweaters, polyester trenches that looked like silk, and basket-weave shorts, nothing was over-the-top.
“I didn’t want things to feel fussy or overcooked,” he said. In fact, any fabrics that Reid deemed too heavy for the season, he had made into pillows that covered the benches at his show and served as parting gifts for attendees.
“Sometimes the heavy fabrics are too hard to wear,” the designer said.
Reid’s tailored clothing showed a subtle Fifties influence with fuller silhouettes in jackets and high-waist pants, indicating that the tight, slim cuts of the past few seasons are yesterday’s news.
The collection overall was spot on and a strong indicator of Reid’s ability to always stay one step ahead of his customer.