At Eyebeam in New York, Billy Reid described his approach to Fall/Winter 2013 as being all about “the clothes and how our friends would wear them.” What this roughly translated to was a wearable, finely-tailored take on traditional American garments for both men and women – classic pieces that showcased an unforced elegance while also maintaining toughness and function. There were rugged materials like fermented leather — on a bomber layered over a drop needle cardigan, for instance — while a rabbit-collared trench coat exuded casual luxury and rusticity in equal measure. Many of the looks showcased cashmere in the form of knits or suits and there was plenty of tweed involved, like on a coat with a beaver collar. Elsewhere, Reid’s fondness for evening clothes extended to a dusk velvet dinner jacket and a black velvet evening suit, while a new collaboration with Coach made for handsome, rustic accessories.

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