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Perry Ellis: FW2010

02/22/2010

Since the death of the label’s namesake, Perry Ellis has failed to captured its original glory. Its doors are all in department stores, and it is a shame that it obviously appears that way even in pieces presented during fashion week.

It seems that the label is certainly trying to push the envelope here. There is an element of a more minimalistic/formal Rock-n-Roll aesthetic (velvet blazers, leather lapels). There are some nice outerwear pieces, and I am especially fond of Sean O’Pry’s leather trench and another model’s quilted chocolate brown harrington jacket. But the  colorways and patterns are off-putting in a 1980s-to-1990s-awkward-middle-school-to-high-school-transition kind of way. It is strange that they would allow cheap looking silhouettes and fits (especially of the vests) to go down the runway. These may be a hard sell. Not a terrible concept, but failed to execute.

Brownie points for nice casting.

Check out the full presentation here.

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