Designer Billy Reid Gives Us A Reason To Visit Alabama Next Weekend

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Fashion and music fans won’t want to miss his Shindig No. 7.

Most fashionistas wouldn’t think rural Alabama could produce much of consequence when it comes to style, but designer Billy Reid — worn by Reese Witherspoon and Daniel Craig, among others — has turned that notion on its head by hosting a chic weekend called Shindig No. 7, which brings together clothes, food and music.

Beginning Thursday, Aug. 27 and running through Sunday, Aug .30, Florence, Ala. is the place for a jam-packed itinerary that any Southern style-savant could appreciate. It’s punctuated by photography installations, warehouse sales, a fashion education panel — featuring not only Reid and actress/singer Karen Elson but also super stylists Jenny Ricker (Nat Wolff, Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Kemal Harris (Robin Wright) — a slew of dinners and lunches, and film screenings.

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In addition, CFDA members and designers Ryan Roche, Eva Zuckerman and Marcia Patmos each designed a limited-edition T-shirt in honor of the weekend, proceeds from which will benefit the Muscle Shoals community development. Elson is winding down Saturday night with a candlelit performance, while the weekend’s headliner is promised to be an epic surprise. Think of it as a more intimate, down-home fashion week.