When Americana designer Billy Reid reached national status after scooping up this years Vogue CFDA award, Alabama suddenly seemed like a much cooler place to hail from. Quietly creating sturdy, stud-worthy menswear for gentlemen from the farm and the fortune 500 offices, Reid does a great job at keeping classic vintage cuts and fabrics at hand. Rich golden cotton corduroy, smooth and chunky wool blazers and snappy leather jackets were highlights of Reid’s current Fall 2011 line. The style lines are demure but unabashedly classy, handsome and reminiscent of 1950’s weekend wear. These are not show-off clothes. They are clothes for the man who isn’t afraid to get dirt under his fingernails and mud on his pants.
Enjoy some of Reid’s work and then similar vintage counterparts of ours.
We’ll be rolling out a designer-a-day to cover Ready To Wear menswear for Spring 2011 (2011. Wow. That feels so futuristic to write). Today, it’s Viktor & Rolf, who were inspired by Hollywood’s leading movie men of the 1940’s. Handsome, stoutly, dressed to kill stars like Clark Gable, William Wyler, John Garfield and Humphrey Bogart. These men matched their leading ladies with tailored three piece suits (Fedoras!), two tone wing-tip shoes and accessorized with handkerchiefs and pomade-perfect coifs (Dad still talks fondly about Brylcreem). With a focus on cream, off-white and caramel tones, Viktor & Rolf gives us their interpretation of the 40’s suit with single-button, collarless blazers and pairs them with slacks and trouser style shorts (trousers seem to be making a huge comeback this summer with both genders).
Enjoy the movie stars, V&R’s collection and pieces from us to get your very own Gable and Bogart on. So classy…