Duckie Brown duo Steven Cox and Daniel Silver are two of the most inventive menswear designers around. I’ve interviewed them countless times over the years and have reviewed many of their Fashion Week shows (which are always held in the tents and attended by heavy-hitters from GQ, Details, The New York Times, etc.). And every season, I’m always blown away by their creativity and craftsmanship – Daniel and Steven (who are partners in love and work) turn out some of the most innovative and beautifully tailored menswear you’ll ever see.
So I was excited when they told me that our mutual friend, videographer Lina Plioplyte, had directed a short film on the making of their Fall 2011 collection. They unveiled the film last week at a private party at Norwood, the members-only social club in the Meatpacking District. After grabbing drinks at the plush bar on the second floor, about sixty of us went up to the screening room to see the film.
Titled “The Guts of Duckie Brown,” Lina’s camera follows the charming designers from first sketch through fabric and print development, pattern making, factory visits, sample manufacturing, model casting, and, finally, to their New York Fashion Week runway show (which you can read my original review of here).
During the film, we watch them collaborate, compromise (baked bean-print jacket or no baked bean-print jacket?), create, and, yes, bicker. Whether discussing “wonky” sweaters or homophobia, sneaking a cigarette, arguing over the merits of offering a $3,500 coat in the midst of a recession, getting misty-eyed when seeing their finished creations on the models, or pondering their next move, what emerges is a portrait of two men who are absolutely devoted to their craft – and to each other.
Lauren David Peden writes for Rue La La as a Contributing Editor.