Last February I found myself caught in a blizzard, in cold and dreary New York and decided to make my way to Miami for an escape. There, I found the sun and soul in my collection.
The tropical heat, expanses of water, and vibrant visual language of Little Haiti evoked a fresh sense of hope. I was shocked at how the sun catalyzed such an extreme physical, emotional, and creative transformation for me. At it’s core the collection maintains a quintessentially DUNCAN point of view, but the palette and flavor are a wholly new exploration of color and shape in an exotic world of embellishment.
A new chapter also began in world history. After dread came hope in the form of vaccination and a new administration. American society grappled with its complicated past while we wondered, what did it all mean for the future? The post-war Golden Era and the years that ensued redefined generations. Would we see the same fate? America got back to work. New industries emerged. Hollywood boomed. We were industrial champions – with a hope, energy and dazzle that perceptibly shifted America then, and will define America now. We evolved. I evolved.
On the other side, I found myself electrified by moments - the sound of The Supremes, a taste of a Mario Carbone dish, stunned by the hues of vividly painted ceilings and walls.
What I hope you see in the Spring/Summer 2022 collection is still DUNCAN – tailored to accentuate the feminine form with embellished pieces, ready for the glamour in the day to night shift – but with a force of unabashed energy that roars dynamism and excitement for the next great generation in a whole new world history.