Day two of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week came in full force even with the presence of a blizzard in New York City. The Fall 2013 Collection from Alabama based designer, Billy Reid, introduced a collection perfect in transitional form and the ideal apparel for Fashion Week - in which I wanted to purchase the collection straight off the runway for the cold NYC weather. I loved the combination of materials, the long floor length hems, and the color palette that Billy chose for the fall. The line boasts of modern simplicity in a structured manner. The pieces are shift pieces meaning that they are transitional in every way. Completely compatible with any wardrobe I see this line becoming the go-to for every woman’s staple pieces and the men can use these pieces for seasons to come. All men and women’s apparel in this line are compatible with every wardrobe and timeless. I had the opportunity to get an exclusive interview with Billy backstage at the show hosted at Eyebeam Studios. Billy let us in on his upcoming Fall 2013 collection.
‘Our approach this season was about the clothes and how our friends would wear them. Ultimately, I wanted the clothes to feel real, finely tailored and constructed with everything we can put into it; clothes that have an unforced elegance, but certainly ready for whatever the occasion. Elegance that has a warmth, yet a street toughness – wearable and functional luxury and a modern approach to traditional American clothing.’ –Billy Reid
What is something different you’ve done for the Fall collection this year?
‘For the first time we’ve developed men’s and women’s together as a union. Where in the past we’d develop men’s, finish it, get ready for market then do women’s. So this season we’ve worked them together. It may of effected the men’s but also it may of affected the women’s. Obviously taking men’s to women’s is something we do a lot of but for the first time it was really great to see the women’s effect the men’s collection through color and texture.’
How do you see these looks being worn in the southern states?
‘I think it’s really all about the pieces. We did the Red Mock Dress (Cherry Wool Crepe Mock Dress) and you can just do so much with it. You can wear this piece with sandals, or belt it and wear it to a cocktail party. It’s all about finding that piece – you can do so many great things with these pieces.’ I nod in accordance agreeing that these really are amazing staple pieces. ‘We always make a lot of coats but there are also so many wearable, lighter weight pieces in this collection especially the threads and silks.’
What is the main color palette for Billy Reid’s Fall 2013 Collection?
'We started with a palette that started with this stage here (Eyebeam Studios) – actually all of the wood. We had a lot of wood chips – hickory, almond, and maple. It’s really warm but we made it modern by adding red.'
Beautiful chandeliers were gathered in a collage at the front of the runway set against an exposed brick wall. Reds, deep maroons and metallic gray patterns took the spotlight tonight on the Billy Reid catwalk. Men’s apparel showcased amazing texture combinations of wool, leather, and cashmere. The collection is absolutely perfect for both men and women seeking comfortable simplicity with structure and chic style. Billy Reid also made a special announcement tonight that his label is excited to collaborate with Coach. ‘We have teamed to develop a luxury collection inspired by the rich archives of such a great American brand and the bags in tonight’s show is our first work together which will launch this coming fall.’ This Fall 2013 collection is an absolute must!