Perry Ellis by Duckie Brown S/S 13

New York- When we first got the fashion week calendar back in August, one name stuck towards the end had us scratching our heads: Perry Ellis by Duckie Brown. How, we wondered, would the same pair who brought us sheer zebra stripes and elaborately oversized trousers in seasons past tone it down for a company best-known for dressing Middle America’s dads? It turns out, rather brilliantly. Daniel Silver and Steven Cox brought their idiosyncratic way with cut and proportion to their d├ębut collaborative collection, reining in the mile-wide cuts and backless jackets they showed for their own show to produce pieces that were smart, desirable, and infinitely wearable. Using a pale, faded palette of gray, khaki, and tan with hints of gold, green, and pink, the duo added a quirky twist to the sharp suiting and outerwear. The designers’ personalities came through in the dropped crotches, in the scribbled stripe that ran across a short trench coat, in the bowler-slash-baseball caps each of the models wore. Kudos to the board at Perry Ellis for taking what must have seemed like a huge leap of faith, and kudos to Silver and Cox for coming through brilliantly. We imagine the looks will be worked over by corporate before they reach stores, but with a starting point as promising as this, the results are sure to be real winners.

Designers: Daniel Silver and Steven Cox for Perry Ellis by Duckie Brown
Casting: Clare Rhodes
Producer: Lynne O’Neill

Text: Jonathan Shia
Photos by Kirt Reynolds for

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