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Perry Ellis feb 12 2013 MReay IMG_9989
Photography Mark Reay

Perry Ellis by Duckie Brown AW13

A new take on 40s menswear – with a cookies and cocoa welcome

"What's that you're giving out?"
"Cookies and cocoa."

What more welcome intro could there be to the Perry Ellis by Duckie Brown men's show? There's nothing to counter the cold gusts coming off the Hudson River on the West side of Manhattan like hot chocolate. As for the collection, the designers put their Duckie twist on classic looks. The models wore their hair in a neat combover, recalling photographs of young servicemen in the 1940s. So often the feeling when we see photographs of our grandfathers is: 'Why don't men still dress like that?' Apparently, they still can. Duelling banjos opened the show, and double-take worthy looks like a cable knit wool blazer, a cool paisley print that looked like green and brown amoebas wiggling under a microscope, and a mustard military parka showed that perfect menswear is no longer just for faded photos. Nor is it something we're wishing would 'come back'. It's once again the standard.

Models pictured: Arthur Gosse (@arthurgosse)