“Moonshine in a hand-blown crystal tumbler.” That’s what UrbanDaddy calls Alabama-born designer Billy Reid. And we can see why. His namesake brand – seeded in the South in 1998 – toes the line between backwoods and polish. Old-school details. Quality fabrics. All readily wearable, but never expected.

And there’s even more to it than that. Here’s what you need to know.

All About Designer Billy Reid

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February 6, 2014

Uniting the world of craftsmanship and refined tailoring with a rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic, John Varvatos has been part of the American design scene since 2000. Over the past 13 years, the brand has come to represent an entire lifestyle, including tailored clothing and accessories as well as edgier lines like John Varvatos Star U.S.A. and Converse by John Varvatos.

What else has this tough-guy label accomplished? Oh, you know, just multiple design awards from the CFDA and GQ Magazine

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August 26, 2013

BY LAUREN DAVID PEDEN/THE FASHION INFORMER

CFDA Awards

Mother Nature was in a great mood Monday night – great news for the fashion flock, who turned out en masse for the 2011 CFDA Awards at Lincoln Center, hosted by Anderson Cooper. They were dressed to the nines, of course, with Lady Gaga (this year’s Fashion Icon Award honoree) making the photogs gaga in her custom Nicola Formichetti for Mugler spiked bodystocking/corset/ball skirt ensemble, which revealed as much as it concealed (worn with a bobbed green wig and 24-inch black leather platforms, natch).

Other red carpet stunners included Miranda Kerr in Michael Kors, Karlie Kloss in Jason Wu, Phoebe Philo (the International Award honoree) in her own design for Celine, Alessandra Ambrosio in Prabal Gurung, Chloë Sevigny in a leather-and-lace look from her 2012 Resort collection for Opening Ceremony (what, you didn’t know she’s a designer now, too?), Guinevere van Seenus in vintage James Galanos with Eddie Borgo jewelry, Leelee Sobieski in a stunning white suit by her hubby Adam Kimmel, Liya Kebede in Derek Lam, Bergdorf Goodman’s Linda Fargo in a neon orange Jil Sander pantsuit, and Sofia Coppola in a white strapless Marc Jacobs dress (she was presenting her designer pal with the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, or “half-lifetime achievement award,” as she jokingly called it when introducing the 48-year-old Jacobs onstage).
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June 9, 2011