On the morning of February 11, I attended my first Perry Ellis runway show for the Fall 2011 Men's Collection, presented at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. To be perfectly honest, my expectation were modest for the menswear megabrand, but I was more than pleasantly surprised. Not only were the models handsome and the music soulful, the clothes were actually fantastic, too.
What impressed me the most was the seamless flow of the presentation, each look related to the next but presented something fresh and exciting. The clothes were both totally wearable - sweaters, blazers, coats, pants and jackets in a warm neutral color palette inspired by nature - and fashion forward at the same time.
In fact there were a lot of pieces I wanted for myself, from a wool plaid cropped peacoat to a castlerock quilted bomber to a spruce suede riding jacket. (Love fall outerwear!) Everything was expertly layered and accessories were not overlooked, including cool beanies, fingerless gloves, cozy scarves and trousers tucked into thick socks (it worked, trust me).
Above, you can watch the runway show finale, a fun moment as the models had changed into something a bit more comfortable (ie. long underwear) to take their final walk down the runway.
On the Perry Ellis Facebook page, fans will find creative director John Crocco's 10 favorite looks available for purchase hot off the runway for four days only - check it out just to see the clothes!