• Text Lola Young
  • 5th February 2016

crisp air

Billy Reid brings his “lo-fi southern bred luxury” back to New York for FW16, the first of this season’s NYMFW shows to be streamed live, accessible to all. As folksy acoustic guitar fed into the room attendees were enveloped in a lullaby of cool grace, and rural nostalgia.

Reid’s signature ‘no fuss’ approach is gradually, season to season, becoming evermore artful, forward thinking, and nuanced with touches of contradiction and complexity.  Amidst a predominant landscape of cashmeres and handwoven wools, comes a nu mode sculpted nylon rain cape. Cardigans and loafers, paired with cognac leather and tobacco silk, prove that casual wearability can exude nonchalant style. The collection is every shade of an autumnal countryside walk: moss; sage; graphite; mohair and horse tweed. Items come punctuated with distinct notes of icy blue throughout, recalling crisp air and fresh breeze.

SS16’s sports influence and abstract print jacquard both make a reappearance yet this season the familiar aesthetic is further enlivened by contemporary motifs, suede and loose silken flares. Reid’s craftsmanship and increasingly artful choices carry their own distinctive poise and if he continues on his careful exploration of duality and unlikely matches, this will only get stronger.