The ten women's looks that Billy Reid
showed to accompany his men's collection tonight were an artful extension of his ethos. He is, after all, the man whom Style.com's social coverage has sealed in delicious aspic as a party host extraordinaire. And his womenswear embodied the idea of hospitality. As in, it was not hard to imagine the women who wore these clothes welcoming guests to a shindig they'd never forget. Elements of the men's collection translated with surprising efficacy to the women's—the batiklike pelican print reemerged on a silken kimono with matching hostess pants. The same print was used in a navy wrap dress. And Reid cut his featherlight leathers into pants with the same traditional construction as his men's trousers.
It was Reid's Southern heritage that yielded the true coup de grâce for his women's range, in the form of bags and shoes cut from alligator that had been stripped of its native color. What is left is called "crust" and it will, with time and an overlay of natural oils, acquire a unique patina. That notion has sufficient allure to keep 'em coming back.