Perry Ellis is one of the few shows I look forward to during #NYFWM, and not because Michael Maccari, the creative director of the label, is possibly one of the most charming guys I’ve met, but since Maccari has joined the team the collection itself has become way more fashion forward and evolved into something I would wear. This year the brand decided to step back from the traditional runway show and instead rented out an industrial space in midtown where Maccari presented his new collection on models which allowed him to present each distinct idea individually.
Perry Ellis is one brand that all of our older siblings and parents grew up wearing and has become a pretty iconic american company in menswear. It’s Maccari’s job to make it cool and relevant to the young crowd AKA YOU + I. For their new collection, the brand decided to depart from previous season’s reliance on classic american sportswear pieces and focus on relaxed activewear which consisted of oversized shapes, sporty details and fabrication. If you haven’t been living under a rock you would notice how suiting is somewhat not as cool as it use to be a year ago. The clothing that we wear on our back will change, and how we wear it will be based on timing and the surroundings we are in. More, and more guys are ditching the suit and dressing more casually to and out of the office. So, it’s up to designers, like Maccari, to give us their rendition of a modern suit and make it fun to wear again. What else to expect from this collection? Hybrid bomber/track jackets with extended collars, new iterations of joggers and camp shirts in more fluid fabrics.
For the show, I wore a Perry Ellis leather ref jacket from their current signature collection, which you can own now. I layered it over a tank to stay cool and paired it with white denim, because summer, duh.
This post was created in partnership with with Perry Ellis.