As expected Duckie Brown delivered an interesting and exciting show for their fall/winter 2013 collection. Over the past few seasons I think their clothing has gotten a little more wearable (at least for a more conservative man). I was lucky enough to interview Daniel Silver and Steven Cox before their show last fall and they noted that the Duckie Brown line is progressing. The brand was to become a little harder, concrete, I think was a verb we used. And personally, for my tastes, I like the direction they have taken their collection over the past few shows. This collection showcased some great plays on proportion, that they are so well known for, as well as some very interesting layering; which I note.
One thing that they have veered away from the past two seasons that they have done so well in the past is heavy chunky knits, which I tend to favor. However, the lack thereof represents the aforementioned progress, and for that I cannot discredit them. My favorite piece of the collection was the black shearling jacket. I don’t normally wear black, but that piece I may have to add to my future acquisitions list.
I cannot, in good reporting spirit, talk about the show and the collection without mentioning that the music died out halfway through the show. Depending on who you talked to that was either on purpose or not on purpose. I thought it was the best thing that could have happened at a fashion show, and in fact am a little jealous it happened, as I always thought I would have a show with no music. If I were to ever have a show like this. What the lack of music did was isolate the variables of the show. All that was left were the clothes, the spectators and the clicks of the cameras. There was a bit of serenity to all of it.
A huge thanks to Daniel Silver and Steven Cox for speaking with me and having me at their show as well as Deborah Hughes PR for their hospitality.
Justin L Jeffers