February 03, 2005 New York
Backstage, Silver sounded almost straight-faced when he voiced Duckie Brown's mission statement: "To dress men beautifully and elegantly in a royal fashion." More to the point was what came next: "There's always a winkit has to make us laugh or feel a bit naughty." So the royalty the duo had in mind were Queens Elizabeth I and II. That orange jacket showed with a pair of black trousers printed in gold with the royal corgis, who were also beaded on a shirt. A sweater named Elizabeth was beaded on the back with huge, penetrating eyes (the Queen is watching you!). A spirit of exuberant camp also infused jackets in silver Lurex, gold damask, and a green-and-black houndstooth shot through with gold thread, or a beaded tartan suit, or even the cashmere-silk long johns. And if all the tailoring hinted at the seriousness of Duckie Brown's growing business, the trousers still came with dropped crotches or narrow and cropped over bovver-boy boots provided by sponsor Dr. Martens.