Dress like a boy, talk like a girl. Leikeli47’s stereotype-breaking track set the tone for the perfectly-mismatched-gender looks at the Duckie Brown show. Boyish styled haircuts, patent leather Florsheim military style shoes and tattoos unified an already congruent collection. With a small range of tones, navy, white, grey and khaki reinforced the simplicity expressed in the designs. The clean lines helped accentuate the odd, yet clever pairing of aprons and tunics over board shorts and under tailored shirts and jackets. Long work coats resembling lab coats were followed by perfectly pressed shirts and later sportswear inspired bomber jackets.
The edgier basketball skirt, a short split to become a skirt, and pairing of aprons over capris and gym shorts were the elegant gender-breaking pieces of the show. As the monochromatic scheme went from white to navy, vivid stripes broke the homogeneity of it all, followed by refined lace jackets and coffee sack looking jute skirts. The whole was an excellent relocation of proportions, with elongation elevating each style. Tailored silhouettes were square and shapeless which emphasized the stretched length as did the color palette. Duckie Brown’s S/S 2014 collection remained dapper and grounded even with the collision of genders, textures and layers. Try screaming out loud without making a sound.
- Lynn Pharand
Designer website: www.duckiebrown.com
Photo credit: Fashion Wire Press