I know I keep talking about the Classics, but it does seem to be the buzz word for Fall dressing so I keep falling back into it as I research trend ideas. Preppy dressing seems to always make its mark in the Junior market via styling techniques, but this season many Ready to Wear designers are representing with a return to their Preppy roots.
This is the case with Tommy Hilfiger who just celebrated his 18th year of business with his Fall 2010 collection referenced as “Preppy with a Pop”. His collection went back to his roots (just as many others did such as Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, Marc Jacobs) and sent out a gaggle of chic looks pairing classic styles with preppy influences to tell the story. All of the Classic Preppy pieces were there: camel coats, woven shirts, khaki trousers, updated uniform skirts and jackets.
The unexpected surprise was the 5 plus inch heeled duck boots he sent out on almost all of the models. Some of the styles were over the knee lace ups while others were cropped above the ankle. Presented in all the original colors of red, navy and forest green, they were the perfect “pop” to his Preppy revisit.
What is so amazing about Tommy’s new and improved sexy version is the 5 ” wooden heel that the rubber sole now sits on. Not to mention that the function in this updated duck boot goes WAY beyond its first intention. It is the perfect shoe for rainy days or any day for that matter. I plan on wearing mine with everything from plaid madras dresses, khaki trousers, leggings, full skirts with blazers and cuffed grey sweatpants.
I can’t tell you how excited I was when I first saw these on the runway. I used to be a HUGE fan of the duck boots. When everyone else at school was wearing penny loafers and topsiders with their uniform, I was wearing duck boots. Almost everyone back then had a pair to serve as their rain boots when the weather was bad. I loved wearing mine on the day to day as the fluffy comfy inside paired with the utility laces and rubber soles were a classic representation of function and design.
LL Bean was the first purveyor of the Duck boots in 1912 and has been “keeping people warm and dry for 95 years”. In an effort to reach out to a new audience, L. L. Bean has a new Signature line collaborating with the hip designer Alex Carlton of Rogues Gallery. We know it’s all about collaborations these days, and this is the first creative collaboration in the company’s 100 yr history. The company knows it needs to reach out to a younger generation and has worked with Alex to update the duck boot to allow everyone from street stylers to Manhattan hipsters and New England fisherman to appreciate its form.
As I researched, I found other updated versions of the Duck boot that hit this past Fall which led me to believe we will be seeing alot more re-interpretations of this classic boot. Seems to me the Londoners need to get on board this American Classic and ditch the UGGS.
Take a couple of style cue’s from kids who show how to wear vintage versions of this boot/shoe everyday on lookbook.nu
Instead of reaching for the UGG boot or the Rubber rain boot, be stylish and water resistant in Tommy Hilfiger’s duck boots this Fall. Or, for those that need to be a little more practical (meaning NO HEELS), I feel sure Ebay has several vintage versions for sale.