NYFW, SS13: Perry Ellis by Duckie Brown
On Tuesday, Duckie Brown presented their first Perry Ellis by Duckie Brown collection in New York. Always ones to clear the air, Steven and Daniel’s quickfire statement about the show was a clarification: “We haven’t re-created Perry Ellis, we’ve invented a new men’s wear collection.” We stand corrected. Nevertheless, expectations were high, as Perry, the familiar khakis-and-button-downs American brand, was given the Duckie Brown tailspin.Going up! Expectations were high for the Perry Ellis by Duckie Brown debut.
Of course, the hats are the first thing to mention. Part riding hat, part baseball cap, in a velvety taupe, they gave uniformity to the collection, being worn by every model. Collection-wise, this baseline colour of tan-taupe was given subtle variations through to pale pinks, soft greens and oranges and through texture, pattern and print. By adding their genius for colour, and familiar Duckie shapes such as roomy pants, bombers and soft parka shapes, the Duckies have modernised classic American separates.
Here are some of my favourite looks.
A comment on a Facebook page I read this morning, asked whether midwest outposts of department stores like Dillards (the equivalent of a some of our fustier, more provincial department stores here in the UK) would be stocking this new, edgier take on Perry Ellis. Time will tell whether Middle America is ready for the Duckie vision of what men could, and should be wearing.