In an effort to make reading Racked as much like being in the tents as humanly possible, we'll be liveblogging the shows all week, from the suspense of waiting in line (will the seats be any good?) to the drama of the runway (will anyone stumble?) to the post-show euphoria. This time around: menswear from Duckie Brown.
Show location: The Salon at Bryant Park
The skinny: Quirky, lux menswear from New York-based designers Stephen Cox and Daniel Silver.
Celebs spotted: Top menswear editors and buyers; Fern Mallis from IMG; Mark Indelicato from Ugly Betty; and of course, resident dandy Patrick McDonald.
The takeaway: More beautifully-designed and beautifully-produced, tongue-in-cheek menswear—tons of the duos signature chunky knits in the form of massive scarves and sweaters. Slouchy, over-sized barracuda jackets in brilliant primary-colored wools. Tweeds dappled in pinks, reds and grays. The pants—skinny and cropped; and everything in a mishmash of traditional tartans. Suits were double-breasted, and woolen jackets were belted. A warm, woolly, whimsical collection.
12:55pm: We're into the Salon tent at Bryant Park for the 1pm show, but there is no way it's going to start on time with all these empty seats.
12:59pm: We've got a pretty great seat, and from it we can see that notorious dandy-about-town Patrick MacDonald is here.
1:03pm: There are still lots of free seats; is everyone having a long lunch mourning McQueen? We're sitting next to Duckie's lawyer and recognizing some major menswear buyers from top stores in the crowd.
1:05pm: First seat swag of the season: everyone gets a little dopp kit from Gillette.
1:10pm: The runway itself is unadorned; plain white. But the crowd continues to get colorful as a guest walks in wearing a sleeveless tuxedo shirt and waistcoat.
1:15pm: Lights just dimmed, but the runway is full of people still. IMG Fashion head Fern Mallis has arrived, and Ugly Betty's Mark Indelicato is in the front row, although he'll go to the opening of an envelope. (And he'll be a Teen Vogue intern soon).
1:18pm: The music they're playing right now, as they have standing room people fill in the leftover empty seats, is French pop and techno. And there are more guests wearing tank tops! C'mon?it's February!
1:20pm: And part of the standing room people who are being herded in is the ubiquitous couple (a really old guy, with a really blonde younger woman) that always dress alike. Today's outfit is suits covered in paint spatters.
1:23pm: And here we go; it's starting!
1:25pm: It's tartan everything and cropped pants. Lots of slouchy outerwear and giant knit scarves, so that trend continues.
1:27pm: The models are wearing the F/W 2010 Duckie Brown for Florsheim shoes, and we're seeing colors of vibrant yellow and red.
1:28pm: The runway music has changed from French pop and techno to something resembling reggae marching band.
1:29pm: Plenty colorful tweeds to start off the season with the hope that the Fall/Winter 2010 collections won't be all black and grey.
1:30pm: The show is wrapping up...final walk time! Stay tuned of course for the full photo gallery (not from a camera phone, thank god) and detailed recap.