The Perry Ellis Spring/Summer 2012 menswear collection designed by creative director, John Crocco, explored the uncharted deserts of more modern dressing for men while staying true to the classic aesthetic and approachable wearability of the brand. With a sand dune backdrop as the first impression, the desert inspired collection kept it light, summery and hit all the right places for taking risks. Taking a classically European way of dressing and giving it a relaxed quintessentially American vibe showed that the brand can sell to men and also lead them in new directions, and Spring/Summer 2012’s direction was on a camel in capris.
→ SAND MAN Khakis, beiges, and rust colors get a desert-revamp for Spring
The show was heavy on the beige and light neutrals, ranging from olive-y khakis to creamy off whites. The resulting look was clean and chic but effortless at the same time. The clothes had a lived in and wrinkled vibe, not stark or cleanly pressed which showed exactly how the outfits could be used in real life everyday situations. Worrying more about texture, details, and comfort made for modern menswear. The desert scarves were a unique touch that could easily be seen on a number of sartorial sandmen. The blue shade tied more loosely seemed to work best with a thick cable knit and plaid instead of the stark contrast of a super-crisp folded scarf that read more neck-brace.
→ AQUA OASIS Blues from bright aquas to dusty sky hues gave men wearable color
Blue came up a lot in menswear collections for Spring/Summer 2012 and the obvious likeability of the color makes it a perfect candidate for a no-risk successful trend. However, the obvious-ness of it makes it important to create clothes that bear a more unique point of view to not become monotonous in the sea of already-blue-filled closets of many men. John Crocco showed multiple different shades which gave variety to the blue. Dusty gray-sky looks, periwinkle styles, and bold aqua knits kept the blues from sinking in an ocean of similarity. A favorite look was the elasticated waste of a blazer which made it more casual and worked to create a higher waistline silhouette. The mixture of lights and darks in an all blue look kept the outfits exciting as well.
→ SUN DAY Bright golden yellows perk up basic beige and simple, relaxed silhouettes for daytime
Yellow was a big trend on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runway—although they showed up more in the highlighter variety on the womenswear side—and they were definitely apparent at Perry Ellis. The sunshine colored trousers and cardigans were similar looks that showed up in the beige outfits of the beginning but were injected with bright enthusiasm and excitement. The color is a bigger risk than the previous blue, but worked well in the still, very classic outfits. The beige and browns paired up with them were smart, showing that buying even one yellow piece can change up an entire look.
→ PERRY ELLIS SPRING/SUMMER 2012 Finale and Backstage
The summery collection ended with a showing of all the models taking the runway together in Perry Ellis’ desert floral trunk in different variations. Some with a pop of color through stripe in coral, yellow, or blue. Some other great outfits that we weren’t able to show were a few color blocked sand dune knits like the opening look! Check out the full runway show at the end of this article to see all the great looks.
Backstage was much more relaxed than at a womenswear show, most of the models were relaxed and taking their time getting ready to leave or talking with friends. Shoes were all over the place, which were great to get to see since they were difficult to catch during the show. They ranged from casual brogues, desert boots, and canvas slip-ons in similarly sandy colors. Nigel Barker and other celebrities were spotted talking to the Perry Ellis designer, John Crocco. I caught model, Julian Schratter ("check out his photography here! ":http://throughjuleslens.blogspot.com/), before heading back out and he asked if he could try on Iris’ hat for a photo op! Definitely fun and unforgettable.
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