Interesting evolution underway for the famous fashion label Perry Ellis. The sportswear brand was once one of the biggest names in American fashion, but after the death of Perry Ellis in 1986 it faded from the spotlight even as the label continued selling.
The addition of the designer Michael Maccari as creative director last Spring has returned the brand to national prominence. Perry Ellis returned to showing at New York Fashion Week last season.
Last night the designer showed his second collection. Fall 2015 was a well-received mix of high-tech fabrics with monochromatic colored suits and separates.
Backstage, Maccari told me the response to the revamped Perry Ellis so far had been incredible.
Maccari said, "Over the past 25 years the brand's developed into a 'wear to work', woven suit and suit-separate staple. While we want to keep that going, we want to expand his lifestyle a little bit. The guy today knows how to experiment a little bit more, and layer in pieces that are a little more signature. They can take him anywhere."
Victor Cruz, Joe Jonas and Nick Wooster among the celebs front row last night.
There were a few cool nods to the 1990's including the use of neoprene and stretch fabrics, and hoods shown with suiting.