Perry Ellis Fall/Winter 2011 Men’s Collection
February 21, 2011 1 Comment
“It’s better to burn out, than to fade away,” are the lyrics from Canadian rock icon Neil Young’s somber Hey Hey, My My. The same lyrics quoted in a suicide note from legendary Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain. It’s a bit of an odd selection, albeit a cool remix, for John Crocco’s Perry Ellis fashion show and one can only speculate as to its relevance. For FW11 Crocco set a very earthy, serene, outdoor wilderness theme to showcase his latest collection at NYFW.
“This looks like Perry Ellis that I would actually wear,” complimented one NY-based stylist and fashion photographer. I would have to agree, this is an impressive no-nonsense collection anchored in American menswear essentials that work. Elegant activewear, as Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz calls it, is shaping up to be a big theme for FW11. Crocco definitely played it safe with conservative cuts, neutral colours, and carryover trends that could have easily placed this collection into the FW10 roster. The styling couldn’t have been more spot on. From the beanies to the fingerless gloves, the trousers tucked into socks – it all just worked.
Starting right after the show, Crocco’s 10 favourite looks were available on sale exclusively on the Perry Ellis Facebook page. The lucky buyers were able to purchase the limited-edition styles six months before they will be released in stores. Highlights of the collection were the belted trenches, the oversized belted knit cardigans, the turtlenecks, the silver quilted jacket, the chestnut alpaca trench, and those cozy thermals. There is something in this collection that will work with every single guy out there. It doesn’t look like Perry Ellis will either burn out or fade away any time soon – at least not on John Crocco’s watch.