The Perry Ellis Spring/Summer 2011 collection helped us forget that the chilly Fall weather is on its way. This expansive collection showcased those thigh-length shorts we’ve been seeing all summer, paired here with dinner jackets, dress shirts and bowties, as well as hoodies and trench coats. All of the pieces were the sort of things you might already find in any preppie guy’s wardrobe–down to that mainstay the polo shirt–but no matter. There was a lot to look at and the colors, such as coral and pink, were bright and warm. It might be hard to get some guys to wear noticeable colors, but these popped without being loud. Perry Ellis isn’t breaking any new ground, but they are having fun, and they want us to as well.
Creative director John Crocco took a sharp turn from his brooding, heavy Fall-Winter collection in every way, emphasizing the change in the seasons. It’s clear that he’s trying to set a mood with his clothes. He was helped by the palm trees projected on the back wall and the models strutting down the runway to tunes that sounded like updated Beach Boys melodies.