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Dirt bikes and dinner jackets

Billy Reid's luxe, easygoing fall collection targets laid-back Southern gents and ladies

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Fermented leather bomber jacket, black drop needle cardigan, cherry plaid waistcoat and trouser Photo by © David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com
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Cherokee rose print robe dress Photo by © David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com
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Autumn lattice hand knit crew, black cotton cashmere trouser, cap toe boot Photo by © David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com
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Lotus print French cuff bibbed dress and maple tweed swing coat with beaver collar Photo by © David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com
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Cherry boiled wool cardigan, micro-check tweed sports jacket, landscape-striped crew, oak tweed trouser and waxed suede wingtip Photo by © David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com
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Maple brush twill chore coat, walnut herringbone three-piece suit, autumn plaid flannel shirt and waxed leather zip boot Photo by © David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com
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News-CMH Staff-Clifford Pugh

Though he was born in Louisiana and lives most of the year in northern Alabama, Billy Reid is a Texas kind of guy. His laid-back yet luxurious approach to clothing fits right in with the easygoing lifestyle in the Lone Star State, where three of his nine stores are located (Houston, Dallas and Austin).

For fall, Reid said it's all about "the clothes and how our friends would wear them." His collection, unveiled on a snowy night during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, is designed for "two people that might have a dirt bike in their garage and closet full of dinner jackets, great coats and leather pieces," he said in his program notes.

 Reid's laid-back yet luxurious approach to clothing fits right in with the lifestyle in the Lone Star State.

"They have unabashed ease about creating a look that is theirs and feels theirs."

There's no doubt that the award-winning menswear designer's collection is meant for fall, with a palette of warm browns, forest greens, orange and burgundy shades. He emphasizes great outerwear, from coats with fur collars (Reid uses nutria, rabbit and beaver) to rugged distressed leather jackets for everyday use, along with dinner jackets in velvet or silk jacquard for a night on the town.

Crisp herringbone suits, hand-knit pullovers, ribbed cardigans, plaid shirts and cord jeans enhance the collection's laid-back vibe.

In recent years, Reid has been creating an ever-expanding women's collection. For fall, he offers a lot for the ladies, from a "fermented" leather pleated skirt and ivory bibbed blouse to sexy sweaters and dresses with a red-rose motif. 

Even though he spends a lot of time in New York, Reid stays close to his roots. His runway show featured bearded models who looked like a young Gregg Allman and a set made from wood planks created by Southern Accents Architectural Salvage in Cullman, Alabama.

Before the runway show started, Reid served whiskey drinks, and the playlist was heavy on the Muscle Shoals sound, from classic (Bobby Womack's "Please Forgive My Heart") to current (the Muscle Shoals electronic music collective Machinery of the Night).

That's what I call sweet home Alabama.

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