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Off-Site Shows: DDCLAB Preview

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DDCLAB has always cast its intelligent, functional design on basics, which are particularly successful for its men's collections. Fall '08 is no different with travel-friendly, crush-proof options for men and women, which were previewed at the label's Melrose boutique. Men's coats were a definite highlight, either made out of Tyvek (developed with DuPont), smooth-like-butter Italian Lycra lamb, or nylon on a particularly stylish navy bomber with leather map pockets for a little 1920s military inspiration. Guys will also appreciate details like anti-radiation cell phone inside pockets and an exterior back jacket pocket big enough to fit a compact umbrella. DDCLAB stays classic for women, using unexpected touches like aluminum finishes. Skinny black leather pants and pencil skirts (with stretch) paired with a simple jersey tee had a definite Angelina Jolie vibe. Look out for DDCLAB's collaboration with New Balance (in need of a serious style upgrade) to hit stores for fall.