The Show: Duckie Brown Spring 2014
The Theme: Fruit Cart Vendors & a Gender Bending Play on Proportion
The Color Palette: White, navy, and khaki
Signature Look of the Collection: Steven Cox and Daniel Silver’s latest collection for Duckie Brown subverted the notions of gender roles in a sartorial context, as the lyrics “dress like a boy, talk like a girl” quite appropriately boomed through the space to a techno-tribal beat
Smock-like shirts were layered over pants, tailored micro-shorts peeked out from under long overcoats and apron-like tops. A strong play with proportion added to the designers’ dialogue on gender and fashion, as shorts grazed the models’ thighs, sleeves of jackets and blazers were shortened, and as it was revealed eventually, what seemed to be shorts were actually skirts, slit up the front and back. While each piece presented was a characteristic staple of a man’s wardrobe, Cox and Daniel crafted them in lace-like materials.
As the collection unfolded, there was also a shift from strict tailoring- connoting traditional expectations of masculinity- to a more relaxed silhouette as the clinical white cottons of the first looks were replaced with burlap and linen.