In what was perhaps the most anticipated show of this fashion week for this Duckie Brown fanatic, infectiously whimsical designing duo Steven Cox & Daniel Silver added women’s to the mix for the first time. While their trademark plays on proportion, fabrication, & color did nothing to disappoint on the men’s assortment, their effects seemed to be somehow lost or at least fell flat to some degree on the women’s range.
The fabrications were overall shiny in finish, which served to dress up the collection, lending a decidedly more Holiday feel overall. Colors were dead on season with a Bright Red anchoring the palette that was rounded out with an Electric Yellow, a Deep Navy Blue, several Grays or Blacks, & a truly electrified Hot Pink. The most memorable fabric of all was the oversized, blurry photo real mural-like print of what appeared to be a street scene or a winter beach scene. The print worked most successfully on a women’s slouchy tunic dress that was one of the easiest, most memorable of all of Fashion Week.
This was a difficult story to write, as Duckie Brown has been one of my favorite collections for literally as far back as I can remember. The label is one of the few collections each season that actually has something to say aside from a message of strict saleability. This devotion to true design needs to be supported & embraced. To even hint at negativity in any way seems wrong to me. That said, I’ll end by saying that I have no doubt in the least that the women’s collection can & will rise to the same lofty heights as this label’s men’s collection consistently reaches. Launching anything new takes courage & risk. Despite my grade of slightly less than perfect, this risk was worth every stitch. It’s simply a matter of time…
Designer site: www.duckiebrown.com
Publicity: Deborah Hughes, Inc.
Images by Elvia Gobbo