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Billy Reid's modern Southern belles

A model wears new fashions at the Billy

A model wears new fashions at the Billy Reid Spring 2012 presentation during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Milk Studios. (Sept. 9, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Billy Reid has carried womenswear in the past — graceful, sometimes dainty blouses, tweed blazers, cleverly detailed dresses — but the gals have generally taken a back seat to his attention-getting menswear.

The Louisiana-born and now Alabama-based designer has a knack for capturing a certain dapper Southern gent’s sensibility, and that’s earned him some influential fans. Last year he was named CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner and GQ’s Best New Menswear Designer in America.

Reid throws more focus on the ladies for spring. The look of his show staged Friday at Milk Studios in Chelsea feels sorta ‘70s, given the ruffle-front halter dress and palazzo pant jumpsuits. There was a fun duster, as light as an oversize boyfriend shirt (if you’re dating one of the Knicks). The real eye-catcher was a patchwork blazer, pieced together with colorful vintage fabrics (worn with shorts and chunky platforms).

And all of it fit in nicely with his wardrobe for prepified fellas — the rolled-up khakis, loose henleys, plaid button-downs and lean, tossed-on blazers. Something for you…and your guy.



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