For his third collection for Perry Ellis, creative director Michael Maccari focused on the idea of bring a beach city aesthetic to his tailored suits, but with elements of athleticism and performance. “I began to notice how guys look coming to and from they gym,” the designer wrote in his show notes. “They’re combining activewear with their work clothes and that fusion begins to tell the story of what we’re considering the ‘new suit.’” For Spring 2016 that meant reinterpreting traditional fabrics in unconventional ways such as shirt fabric utilized for outwear and sweater knits for suits.
Maccari also brought an easiness to the way the Perry Ellis man dressed by pairing his well-tailored suits with strappy sandals and having the shirts loosely unbuttoned, exposing a classic tee underneath. The neutral palette of the collection, which was inspired by weathered pavement and beach stones, was mixed with vibrant yellow and reds. It hit the perfect notes for the urban beach bum.
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