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FashionWeek, The Play-by-Play Day 2

1pm - Duckie Brown

The boys from Duckie were feeling flesh; semi-sheer printed button-down shirts closed the show and made quite the statement. I was loving the pleated shorts with volume and length. The collection overall had an old glamour that was a mash-up of Yves Saint Laurent in Morocco and art deco Hollywood. The Fez hats made from vintage ladies' sun hats were to die, but the oversized bows on a couple pair of shorts were beyond. Keep an eye out for suede lace-ups in dusty aqua and citrus yellow. Congratulations Daniel and Steven for another collection that inspires and pushes the limits of menswear. Props to fashion director Grant Woolhead for some serious styling. Oh, and also spotted at the show: We sat directly behind Robert Buckley -- the hottie from Lipstick Jungle -- who was looking even more confident and sexy in person.

2pm - Nicholas K

Finally, at 2.30pm and still corralled outside of the Promenade at the Tents, I was tired of waiting to be seated and needed to get on the go to catch my favorite menswear designer Antonio Azzuolo.

3pm - Antonio Azzuolo

The simple presentation style allows for a relaxed environment where you can really take a look at the garments, which ultimately shows you their quality, craftsmanship, and tailoring. Every piece is beautiful and wearable (for that uber-skinny, uber-fashionable boy with lots of dollar). The opening looks featured a vivid candy color way which was refreshing and quite a departure from previous collections. Our favorite look was a loose fit sweater, off-white with a Mondrian-esque '60s sparse print. Loved all the pieces in the end, but may need to discuss inspirations and references with Antonio. Was it prep school boy or mod in swinging London?

-- Brent Coover

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