Tag: Florsheim by Duckie Brown

New York Fashion Week SS14: Duckie Brown review

Posted on 6th September, by Colin Chapman in New York, New York Fashion Week. 4 Comments

Boys keep swinging: Duckie Brown’s SS14 collection doesn’t skirt around the issue of what men can wear.

Duckie Brown today played up to their reputation for being New York’s premier experimentalists in the form of menswear. And playing is the right word to use, not in the sense of being pointlessly frivolous but in the idea of a childlike refusal to accept rules as rules and to continuously test boundaries, especially when it comes to what can be worn and by whom. In the opening moments, a spoken word soundtrack, voiced by children, expressed the arbitrariness of male and female dress codes and their impact on aspirations and identities, a sentiment later underlined by the lyrics of some driving adult-vocalled hip hop.

Backstage before the show, Read More »

Autumn Look Around: violet, wings and the Argan trial

Posted on 29th October, by Colin Chapman in Mens Grooming, menswear. No Comments

It’s been a while. Something about those lengthy show reports and photo gallery editing after LFW/NYFW left me feeling a little drained by the fashion machine. So in a spirit of free-wheeling adventure, I’ll be posting a series of less formal Look Arounds, beyond the scope of the usual fashion searchlights, especially as London Collections: Men round 2 is not until January.

Inspirational image: Stephen Hardingham for The Wing Assignment
First up, this inspiring image by Stephen Hardingham has many of the qualities I’m relating to in menswear right now. The genius combination of feathers and tweed, in a disarming take on the pocket square, suggests timelessness, visual surprise and eccentricity. Though worthy of a fashion editorial, Stephen’s photo was one of the pieces chosen to be exhibited as part of The Wing Assignment, … Read More »

Duckie Brown SS13: Blue Collars,Tough Pleasures

Posted on 8th September, by Colin Chapman in New York Fashion Week. No Comments

The Duckies said they were in a ‘tougher, laddish mood’ this season and the bleached denim looks which opened their Duckie Pleasures show in New York on Thursday, confirmed this. Bleached workwear jackets paired with matching jeans had a English post-punk sensibility, and model faces, familiar from London, added an authentic sense of toughness. The workwear jackets led to a more familiar jean jacket in dark denim. In some looks, models wore leather belt loops, draped over both shoulders, as if in preparation for some arcane form of saddlery.

Bleached denim workwear jackets and utilitarian blazers opened the show. Unslung overall straps were a feature throughout.

Leading to dark denim: shoulder straps and high-contrast cream Florsheim Oxfords in full effect.

I said, tough, right? Denim Harrington and a (literal) blue collar stance.

It’s a sign … Read More »

Spring Shoe-watch: Florsheim by Duckie Brown

Posted on 2nd February, by Colin Chapman in menswear, Shoes. 1 Comment

This afternoon’s pick is the saddle shoe by Florsheim by Duckie Brown, as captured here in the Duckie’s West Village studio back in September. The saddle shoes in question are fourth from the left and right respectively. More detailed pics to follow as the collection hits the stores, consider this an appetiser. Or follow progess on their Facebook page.

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