NYFW | Billy Reid Spring/Summer 2011 Presentation at MILK

NYFW | Billy Reid Spring/Summer 2011 Presentation at MILK

New York Fashion Week is upon us, with plenty of great presentations we’re looking forward to bringing you. We’re glad we get the opportunity to kick this off with our favorite Southerner. When you walked onto Billy Reid‘s presentation set at MILK last night, it felt as if you just landed in the designer’s hometown state of Alabama. The music was lively as were the dozens of pieces on display from Billy’s spring collection. The set was brought over piece by piece from a fine architectural shop in Alabama and the design was influenced by the photographic work of Clarence John Laughlin, widely considered to be one of the first American surrealist photographers.

Billy pointed out that much of his influence for the collection came from some real-life events and experiences taking place in Louisiana and neighboring areas. These ranged from the “euphoric shock” of the New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl to the, “Blood chilling fear of the oil spill in our beloved Gulf and marshes.” Each look from the collection is based on an incredibly unique and eccentric person from Billy’s memory. 

At Milk: J.Crew Fall/Winter 2010 Collection Preview

At Milk: J.Crew Fall/Winter 2010 Collection Preview

Another day another dolla fall 2010 preview, friends. This time, we took a quick trip over to Milk Studios for the preview of J.Crew‘s Fall+Winter 2010 collection. These days, the American retailer is doing very few things wrong and when I say few I mean none. They’ve got a talented designer in Frank Muytjens, some great New York locations (including our favorite — Tribeca’s Liquor Store), and they’re in “good company” with some of the world’s most reputable brands. They’ve delivered some highly coveted products from the likes of Mister Freedom, Belstaff and Quoddy, all while giving us a collection of their own that proves they’re unlike any other brand.

The Fall 2010 lineup is a versatile one with everything from a wool blazer to a Levi’s denim jacket all the way to a pair of classic chinos. They’re all available in a trimmed cut that’s not a centimeter closer than they should be. The mid-layer pieces look promising as well as we noticed a few warmed sweaters and cardigans that will do us wonders when the cold season comes around again. And of course, we couldn’t help but to notice the models’ footwear yesterday as they were sporting Russel’s and Alden Longwings in an array of finishes. Just one more thing to look forward to, friends, that’s all.

More looks from the preview after the jump.