Duckie Brown: Fall 2015

by Alex R. Travers

Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 11.08.36 PMDuckie Brown designers Steven Cox and Daniel Silver believe in evolution. Fresh thinking ignites their collections and summarizes their beliefs. For this keenly creative duo, convention must be challenged.

So naturally, their men’s Fall 2015 show immediately called fashion standards into question. Right away, their set established openness. Nothing was closed off, making all the chaotic backstage action clearly visible. From the moment you walked in, everyone and everything was onstage. The racks of clothing, the hair stylists, the makeup artists, the models, the designers. It turned out that transparency was a hell of a theme for a runway show, especially one rendered with decidedly atypical nuance. Silk blousons, plunging necklines, and slightly feminine shades of pink highlighted the beauty that’s often associated with a Duckie Brown show. But loose trousers and tailored blazers—pieces that appealed to those men on the silver screen who talked tough and cracked wise—smoothed out the any gender-ambiguous wrinkles.

Interestingly, this collection was both provocative and subversively traditional. And while confidence, irreverence, and vulnerability were all on display, it was honesty that prevailed. By the end of this 22-look show, you felt as though you had watched lives being lived, not just imagined for the catwalk. It touched a nerve.