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Duckie Brown

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TOUGH HAPPINESS

New York: Daniel Silver and Steven Cox always give us one of the most personal and colorful collections of New York Fashion Week, and F/W 10 was no exception. The duo have evolved their aesthetic over the last few seasons in ways that open them up to more markets, but without sacrificing the optimistic personality and humor we have come to love and expect. This season the Duckies were inspired by the working class heroes of London’s East End during the 80s. A ska soundtrack by Madness really helped the story come home, as did the mixed tartans, crombie coats, skinhead haircuts and combat boots (from their collaboration with Florsheim). A tomato red felt bomber jacket had rounded volume at the back, and the sunshine yellow trench jacket was cut from leather, capturing a kind of tough happiness.  A “bruised” Chanel-like tweed was used for suits, cropped pants and an overcoat, completing a journey of unexpected whimsy winding through a collection inspired by post-punk bad boys.

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