New York Fashion Week Preview: Duckie Brown Designers on Their "Tougher Laddish Mood"

New York Fashion Week Preview: Duckie Brown Designers on Their "Tougher Laddish Mood"
Designers Daniel Silver and Steven Cox
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Steven Cox and Daniel Silver, the designers behind Duckie Brown, have been on a steady climb since they founded their menswear label in 2001. Always keeping in tune with their mission of “dressing men beautifully,” the duo applies hand-tailoring, dynamic prints, and unexpected touches — such as candy sprinkle-like accents — to their pieces. Their talent earned them a Council of Fashion Designers of America nomination for Menswear Designer of the Year in 2007, and since 2009 Duckie Brown has been collaborating on a line of men’s shoes with Florsheim. This fashion week, Cox and Silver will have their hands full with two shows: they will be unveiling Duckie Brown’s spring/summer 2013 collection on September 6, and on September 11, they will debut their first line with Perry EllisARTINFO caught up with the duo via email to ask about their fashion week vices, their upcoming Duckie Brown collection, and their post-fashion week plans.

What are the inspirations behind your spring 2013 collection? What’s on your mood board?

The inspiration for every collection is us – and the lives we lead. Our studio is our mood board. We are in a tougher laddish mood this season.

How is this collection different from last season?

Every collection is a continuation from the last season.

In five words or less, describe your collection.

Hard, black, leather, red tartan, denim.

List your color palette.

Black, indigo, red, cream.

Who are you designing for?

Ourselves – everyone.

What are your fashion week vices?

Cigarettes and vodka.

If you weren’t a fashion designer, what would you be?

Silver: A florist.
Cox: An architect.

Are there any artists or exhibitions that you’ve seen that have inspired this collection or your work in general?

The Mexican architect Luis Barragan.

How much sleep do you get when you’re prepping for fashion week?

We both get a full night’s sleep every night. We don’t believe in the drama of fashion.

What do you plan on doing once fashion week wraps up?

Go to Korea.

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