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Checking In With Newly Minted Fashion Funder Billy Reid


His win last night at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards was a surprise to the crowds, but no one professed to be more shocked than designer Billy Reid himself. “Absolutely blown away,” he said by phone this morning. “We’re still in shock.”

Reid took the top prize—$300,000 for his line, plus a bronze statue of a swan by artist Rachel Feinstein for good measure—with Prabal Gurung and Eddie Borgo named runners-up. “It’s such a huge help to us,” Reid said of the cash award. “We’ve been working on building our company, step by step. We’re at a point where we need that extra push to help market ourselves and really try to take what we have and somehow get it out there, grow it, make something of it.” He’ll be showing his collection in New York for the third season running next fashion week, and if all goes well, showing his fledgling womenswear alongside the men’s.

It’s not the first time the CFDA has recognized the Florence, Alabama-based designer. Earlier this year, Reid took the CFDA/GQ Award for Menswear Designer of the Year, and back in 2001, nabbed the CFDA’s Perry Ellis Award (later renamed the Swarovski Award) for his first line, William Reid, which shuttered in the wake of 9/11. “It just feels so different,” Reid said of winning now versus winning then. “I guess just because of the journey, you know? We just went through so much…to really try and resuscitate our lives, basically, in a lot of ways, and our work. Just to have someone believe in it like that, it’s just heartwarming.”

“Pretty much we were the last to leave,” the designer said of the afterglow at Skylight Studios. But while many in the crowd headed for the Boom Boom Room, Reid and his wife, Jeanne (pictured with Reid, left), made for a favorite late-night dive. “We had a hamburger and a beer,” he laughed.

PLUS: For more pictures and coverage from the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, click here for our complete slideshow >

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

The Season’s Unlikely Style Icon, Fashion Week 2.0, Billy Reid For Levi’s Hits Stores, And More…


The floral dresses. The chunky shoes and woolly socks. The high-piled buns. Looks like another night at the Jane. Also looks like—Elaine Benes?! The NYT assesses the reruns and finds the season’s unlikely style icon. Bizarro! [NYT]

Meet the new, technologically savvier fashion week—one with barcode-reading check-in kiosks, iPad-stored guest lists, Fashion GPS. [WSJ]

The latest Levi’s collaboration, designed by Alabama-based designer Billy Reid, hits stores September 14. Workwear obsessives who just can’t wait can get a first look on Fashion’s Night Out, when Reid heads up north to debut the line at Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street. [Racked]

And beleaguered American Apparel CEO Dov Charney speaks out about the rumors swirling around his company. Could it fail? Well, maybe. “There’s a chance that you get hit by a car. There’s a chance you get a disease. But they are chances,” Charney tells WWD. “But there’s also a likelihood that the [financial] covenant will be worked out, as it has in the past.” Deep-V aficionados, keep those fingers crossed. [WWD]

Photo: Columbia TriStar Television / Courtesy of The Everett Collection

Announcing This Year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists


Drumroll, please:

Congratulations to Altuzarra‘s Joseph Altuzarra, Christian Cota, Prabal Gurung, Robert Geller, Eddie Borgo, Oliver Helden and Paul Marlow of Loden Dager, Pamela Love, Moss Lipow, Gregory Parkinson, and Billy Reid, who are all in the running for a grand prize of up to $200,000 (runners-up get a cool $50K).

Visionaire-y McQueen, Aggy’s Sister Act, And More…


The newest McQueen tribute comes courtesy of the Dean-Gan-Kaliardos trifecta, who are dedicating the next issue of Visionaire—out in June, with a preview on today—to the late designer. Expect real wildflowers, a case designed by the McQueen studio, and a roll call of fashion’s best and brightest contributors: Klein, Sorrenti, Meisel, Inez and Vinoodh, Sims, Testino, and (of course) Gaga. [WWD]

After a brief (and, according to Google, accidental) shutdown yesterday, Tavi Gevinson’s blog is up and running once again. Thank goodness for that—without it, what reason would her legions of pre-teen admirers have to cut gym class? [Fashionista]

Meet nutria, the giant, Louisiana-based water rat whose fur is showing up in designer collections from Billy Reid to Gilles Mendel. Or, if you’ve got a sensitive stomach, don’t. [VF]

Aggy Deyn’s little sister designs tees (pictured); Aggy wears tees; tees cause minor sensation; Uniqlo to sell tees. It’s just about the oldest story in the fashion world. [Catwalk Queen]

Photo: Ellen von Unwerth

Billy From ‘Bama


To the insular, New York-centric work of American fashion, Billy Reid is a bona fide Southern ambassador—he doesn’t need to get two words out in that molasses voice of his before you realize that he ain’t your average Seventh Avenue man. The twang—in tone and in clothes—is Reid’s calling card, but lest you might forget, he trucked up a tableau’s worth of Alabama leaves, twigs, and bushes to fill out the set for his Fall 2010 presentation at Milk Studios, ordered in a coupla cases of PBR, and blasted the Jack White jams. You’d have to look north to see the Mason-Dixon from here.

Thing is, many of the clothes resist the classification. They’re cut from “very English patterns,” Reid says, and despite being made largely in America—including the rough-and-tumble outerwear, crafted on heavy-needle denim looms—take away the summer and smoke and you might as easily be in the old country. There are exceptions to the rule (a patch-pocket railroad-stripe jacket is true blue U.S.A.) but Billy’s strength belies his backstory. There’s an understated cool to his square-cut double-breasted suits and overcoats, and even a metropolitan touch of seventies suave in the turtlenecks he’s showing more of this season, that’ll work all over. That’s good news for Reid’s ever-expanding fan base—sure to be bolstered by his latest accolade, the GQ Best New Menswear Designer in America Award—nationwide. The collaborative Stetsons, on the other hand, made with BR collection fabrics, are all down country. You can take the boy out of Florence, AL…
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Photo: Andrew Thomas