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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

NY FASHION WEEK: Duckie Brown Spring 2011

Duckie Brown always promises to be the highlight of men’s offerings at fashion week.  Daniel Silver and Steven Cox are known for tweaks on the standard wardrobe staples.  First, seating for show was unlike the other fashion shows of Mercedes-Benz Fashion week.  Only one side of the tent was sectioned off for press and audience. The other side was reserved for the models to assemble after their walk down the runway. empty until the models started strutting down the runway. It gave the audience and press to examine each piece of the line in a more intimate matter from the other side of the catwalk.

High neck jackets were offered in easy neutral grays and camels.  There were unexpected plays on lengths. Luxurious tee shirts were made a bit long below the hips.  They were worn over rolled cuff pants with sockless mocks courtesy of Florsheim (yes, that 'classic' shoe company).  Cheetah bombers over plaid rolled up pants sounds like a weird combination but in the of Duckie Brown, they were surprise crowd-pleasers.  

Asymmetrical knit cardigans in longer lengths and side ties were interesting and wearable.  The classic leather bomber came in a dark shade of army green.  However, even I am not sure how one would wear the silk, 1980’s style zebra print shirt!

Essentially, the show was about unexpected bursts of color and plays on texture and lengths.   Stephen told the backstage press that he loved bright colors and pinks.  He expressed that it was first time he felt the designs came alive as he had intended when he was designing the collection.
Photos and reporting by Ritika Wahal

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