Men in Skirts – Duckie Brown “Dresses” Guys for SS14

Duckie Brown’s design duo of Steven Cox and Daniel Silver never fails to impress. They always shake up things, from wide open silhouettes that prompt proportion play to standard menswear mashups. This season they opened their Spring 2014 show at Industria with Leikeli47’s “Miss America” – a catchy little number that musically insisted “I dress like a boy, talk like a girl” – and sent their Duckie dears out in skirts, layered aprons, elongated halter shirts and drop-crotch shorts. The effect was thoroughly modern, Milly! The stalwart palette of white, navy and khaki ensured a wearability and understandability that the basketball skirts may have belied. Don’t forget the style renderings of Braveheart, Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood…skirts are old-school menswear. And, really, who doesn’t like a man in a uniform?!







Tocca’s Tiny Dancer SS14

Brava, brava! Sweet and lovely, Emma Fletcher’s SS14 collection for Tocca, held at the Pier 59 Studios, embraced the dancer in us all. Off-duty, onstage, stepping lively. The dresses make you want to twirl and float, the shiny bras and panties provide for loungewear or under secrets bursting with energetic vibrancy perfect for a romantic pas de deux.







Happy, Smiling Color – Desigual SS14

Okay, call me crazy, but this may have been one of the best collections I have seen to date. The most happy-making, to say the least.

Desigual started its fantastic Spring/Summer 2014 runway show at Lincoln Center during Day One of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week with contrasting geometric op-art print black and white dresses, but the entire effect of the collection was one of washes of vibrant color, a Mediterranean landscape of happy clothes for him and her, with smiling, joyful models prancing down the runway. The upbeat music, floral, dot and striped patterns and flowy silhouettes underscored the brand’s La Vida es Chula (Life is Cool) theme and made the editors and buyers in the audience smile, tap their feet to the beat and walk away from the show thinking, “Yeah, life IS cool!”  Way to go, Desigual!



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Green for Beauty – NYFW SS14 Kick Off

The site of A Night of Green Beauty. at the James Corbett Studio this evening

The site of A Night of Green Beauty. at the James Corbett Studio this evening

Bet you’re going to be green with envy!

I popped into the James Corbett Studio in Chelsea for “A Night of Green Beauty,” a beauty fair of sorts…the kind that touted all-natural, clean, organic, hand-crafted artisanal or personally-formulated as crucial key terminology, the kind that kicked off New York Fashion Week today (along with a handful of menswear shows, like Michael Bastian, Kye and Raleigh), the kind that Continue reading

Guys, Have I Got Jeans for You! (Think Alberto, Codice + Haupt for SS14 Denim, Knits + Shirts)

Get ready for a fun SS14 season, guys. Color, pattern, easy silhouettes and tech-y fabrics are dominating what we’ve been seeing at the recent menswear shows, press appointments and will see soon at MBFW (heavens, yes, it’s just around the corner!).

Last week, witness Alberto, a 90 year old German company that has a whole lot of modern going on in its men’s jeans collection these days.

Alberto jeansOkay, so these paisley power pants, above, may not be every guy’s idea of throwing a little bit of print into his wardrobe. But you’ve gotta admit, Continue reading