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Spring 2008 Fashion Week Notebook: Duckie Brown

Duckie Brown Spring 2008 Runway
Photo Credit: Dan Lecca for Mercedes Benz


Key Takeaways: 
Steven Cox and Daniel Silver of Duckie Brown are firm believers that menswear can be exciting and colorful.   While their looks are fairly wearable, their flirtation with color and pattern show their sense of humor–and style.  Spring 2008 merged the athletic with the preppy, with key trends including the just-above-the-knee short, 70s style pointed collars, the cotton trenchcoat, and an emphasis on formality with the three piece suit.

Color Palette:  Experimenting with shine, Cox and Silver played with shiny satins–and what appears to be gold lamé.  A neutral palette of creamy whites, tans, greys, and black was splashed with color: bright reds, oranges, and yellows. Loud, colorful floral prints also creeped their way into the collection.

Silhouettes:  Key looks included the just-above-the-knee short, button-down shirts with 70s style exaggerated pointed collars, cotton trenchcoats, and the 3 piece suit (echoing Fall 2007’s return to formality).  Preppy looks included blazers with shorts and the three-piece suits.  Athletic looks included a just-stepped-off-the-court wifebeater paired with shorts and a gauzy grey hooded sweater.  Trousers were more accurately described as slacks, with their loose fit, while the shorts were cut with a slimmer fit.  Most jackets were oversized and sack shaped, but Duckie Brown featured a couple of slim-cut styles: a shrunken blazer and a motocross jacket. 

Accessories Report:
  Duckie Brown’s signature accessory: colorful, striped socks.  Cox and Silver also showed beanie hats, sneakers, and patent leather loafers.

What’s Wearable:
  The just-above-the-knee short is a winner, as are the splashes of color from the accessories.

What’s Not Wearable:  Forget about the flowery pants.  We’re going to pretend we didn’t just see that.

Previous Duckie Brown Fashion Week Coverage from Omiru:
Fall 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Duckie Brown
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Duckie Brown
Fall 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Duckie Brown
Spring 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Duckie Brown

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Spring 2008 Fashion Week Notebook: Vena Cava

Vena Cava Spring 2008 Runway
Photo Credit: NY Magazine

Key Takeaways: Vena Cava’s Spring 2008 collection vacillated between the 1930s and the 1970s, with classic depression-era silhouettes (think: drapey bias cuts and nipped in waists) interspersed with styles of the 70s (think: empire waistlines, the mini, and the maxi).  Key trends included high-waisted pants and skirts, emphasis on the waistline, the minidress, the maxi dress, belts, ruffles, and the color purple.

Color Palette: 
Neutrals with shorts of yellow-green, seafoam, dusky rose, and shades of purple.

Silhouettes:  Bottoms were high-waisted and were loosely cut for a voluminous look.  Ruffled louses and tie-neck tops followed suit with the volume theme, while belts provided a counterpart to the volume and defined the waistline.  Dresses largely fell under either the mini or maxi category, but 30s style knee-length dresses also made an appearance.  Vena Cava’s jackets were either cut cropped (often with elbow-length sleeves) or long and sleeveless. 

Accessories Report:  Belts played a key role in Vena Cava’s collection–of note were the thin, drapey, multistranded belts.  Tights replaced leggings for Spring.

What’s Wearable:  Favorite pieces include a seafoam green blouse with an asymmetrical gather at the neckline and an art deco style black column dress.  The perfect casual chic look?  A white, empire-waist minidress paired with an olive cropped closureless jacket.

What’s Not Wearable: 
Maxi dresses aren’t inherently unwearable, but they’re tough to pull off without looking like you just walked out of the 70s.  Same goes for the drapey palazzo-style pants.

Previous Vena Cava Fashion Week Coverage from Omiru:
Backstage Interview with Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock of Vena Cava
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Vena Cava

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Loomstate Winter Army Jacket

Loomstate Winter Army JacketSure, it’s still summer, but it’s never too early to be looking for your everyday Winter Coat. This thickly lined (and uber-chic) style from Loomstate will keep you safe from the elements.

Made from 100% organic cotton.

$375  at Tobi.

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Spring 2008 Fashion Week Notebook: Perry Ellis

Perry Ellis Spring 2008 Runway
Photo Credit: Dan Lecca for Mercedes Benz


Key Takeaways:
Distinctly nautical, with a casual beach town vibe.  Textures and fabrics, rather than silhouette, were key to this collection.

Color Palette:  Sunset colors–yellows and flashes of orange–accompanied a palette of muted neutrals.  Shades of brown and tan were seen alongside creams, greys, and "sail" white.  Patterns included horizontal stripes (a dominant theme) and plaids.

Silhouettes:  Knee-length shorts, thin lightweight sweaters, turtlenecks, beachy linen pants, cuffed trousers, hoodies, and loosely fitted blazers. 

Accessories Report:  Deck shoes, white sneakers, and big sunglasses.

What’s Wearable:  We love the casual chic of a loosely fitted cardigan and plain white tee over knee-length shorts.  Style points for men who layer textures: knit sweaters and hoodies over woven button-down shirts–or under sack-shaped blazers.

What’s Not Wearable:  Don’t try the plaid short shorts at home.  Ditto for the see-through sweaters.

Previous Perry Ellis Fashion Week Coverage from Omiru:
Fall 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Perry Ellis
Spring 2007 Fashion Week Runway Review: Perry Ellis
Spring 2006 Fashion Week Runway Review: Perry Ellis

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