Duckie Brown Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2014 New York
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The Duckie Brown collection always seems to be something of a lab and each collection an experiment: color, print, proportion, gender boundaries all included in the manipulated variables. This season was too an experiment of sorts, this time with womenswear for women.

While it's true that seeing a skirt isn't unheard of at a Duckie Brown show as the designers are constantly pushing and provoking questions about gender identity - even this Fall 2014 collection was opened by a male model sporting a skirt of his own, the label has strayed away from womenswear ‘as womenswear’ in the over a decade life of the brand. So the twelve looks that sauntered down the runway (a bomber jacket, fantastically printed shirt dress and high-waisted, wide-legged trousers) represented the first effort as a full womenswear collection. Pieces like a red and real zig zag printed crombie could easily be mistaken for the men's collection and speak to a certain "downtown" girl.

The men were, of course, not forgotten though they may have been a bit overshadowed. An oversized, shocking pink bomber with sloping shoulders seemed a high point if keeping in mind the gender play but besides a few oversized t-shirts, one a black and brown wool jacquard print in particular, the pieces, if not easily exchangeable with women’s like the wide legged trousers, were quickly passed over in the midst of the show.

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