NEW YORK – Designers Daniel Silver and Steven Cox sent their first full
The inspiration: "We wanted to do something more evening-like than we've done before," said Duckie's Daniel Silver, "lots of rich silks and taffetas and lots of rich color." He noted that the materials, mind-set and approach were the the same for the women's and men's collections. "We didn't put on a different hat," he said. "I don't know how to be anyone but myself – and Steven is the same."
The look: The fabrics may have whispered evening but the colors were summer afternoon -- bright pink, bold red and limoncello yellow mixed in with a more staid palette of navy blues, grays and browns. The men's pieces were full of classic Duckie motifs – voluminous pant legs, layered tops, man skirts, bomber jackets and Jacquarded T-shirts as big as ponchos. The familiar wools and neoprene fabrications were there, taken up a rung on the luxe ladder thanks to silk trousers, jackets and tracksuit tops.
Those same elements could be seen in the women's pieces too – the oversized T-shirts and generously cut wool trousers – but there also were sweat shirt dresses, silk T-shirt dresses, a midriff-baring silk T-shirt (shown by itself and in a second look where it was layered over a longer T-shirt, which helped illustrate the versatility of the piece.)
Of note: Standouts included a teal and orange tweed that was used throughout the collection including for men's trousers and zip-front hoodies and women's skirts and dresses, and a series of silk pieces with watercolor-like crowd scene designs that added, dare we say it, a touch of elegance to the overall collection.
The verdict: A solid and colorful inaugural voyage into the world of womenswear. If this is Duckie Brown's take on evening, we can't wait for the sun to start setting.