DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE: Duckie Brown is about to jump headlong into women’s wear.
Daniel Silver and Steven Cox, the CFDA Award-winning men’s wear duo behind the trendsetting label, will show 10 women’s looks during their runway show at New York Fashion Week next month.
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Duckie had dabbled in women’s wear in the past, offering a small sampling of knitwear, Cox said, but this will be the first full collection.
“It’s for the downtown woman, but it’s also sophisticated,” said Silver, noting that it will have “an eveningwear vibe.”
The majority of the fabrics and the color palette will be the same as the men’s offering, and the designs will have “the same sensibility,” Silver said. “Duckie Brown has always been inspired by traditional men’s tailoring, and, as designers, we’re always inspired by women’s wear. So the collection will be a reflection of that.”
Duckie Brown, which has a reputation for melding whimsical sportswear with elegant tailoring, has also been known to bend the gender boundaries, walking men down the runways in skirts. Work on the women’s collection started by hiring a female model and outfitting her in men’s looks, Cox said, “and it kind of looked normal, while in men’s, it’s considered unusual.”
Cox said he’s been designing men’s wear for 25 years, but branching out into women’s makes him feel like a novice again. “I’m nervous like I was at the beginning of Duckie Brown, and that’s nice,” he said.
The collection will span about 50 pieces and include everything from coats and jackets to dresses and slacks.