NYFW, SS13: Perry Ellis by Duckie Brown


Posted on 13th September, by Colin Chapman in New York Fashion Week. No Comments


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.

The hats! A table full of the minimal beauties.

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.

It’s evident that the Duckies had fun with this collection.

Here are some of my favourite looks.

One of the strongest individual looks, roomy Duckie checked pants, worn with an oversized polka dot top (a nod to Perry Ellis’s signature polka dot).

A laddish bomber paired with tone-on-tone low crotch pants. Throughout, Florsheim x Duckie Brown shoes add a classy finish.

Ode to Bexleyheath, the tracksuit-like top paired with matching pants ups the luxury of the sportswear staple.

The extra-wide sleeves of a classic sweatshirt are another twist on classic sportswear.

The colour palette extended into these sweet pink shades, I love the drawstring pink flecked pants here, super-relaxed yet luxurious.

The collection also included knitwear, here in a super-light cable.

A soft waxed blazer shows yet more diversity in the collection.

This suede bomber is one of the most covetable items from the collection.

This woven jacket, in an intriguing scaled-up stripe, looks perfect for the transition to early Spring.

A soft Duckie parka shape, is given a new twist in this soft, spring green.

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.

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