The best way to describe Perry Ellis’ Fall 2009 menswear presentation in the fewest amount of words? Clothes for the dream boyfriend. The Perry Ellis team designs for a guy with style and confidence, a guy who doesn’t back down from a pair of plaid pants or an argyle sweater (though not together of course) and more than that, totally rocks the look. Layering was key to the presentation; suit jackets were worn over vests while blazers were worn over round or v-neck sweaters, with both looks featuring crisp collared shirts as the base layer. Jeans and pants were perfectly tailored, patterned sweaters came in mature colors such as Venetian red, burnt sienna, tan, navy, black, and charcoal (which kept them from ever looking grandpa-ish), and loose-knit lounge sweaters looked comfortable but classy.
Perry Ellis is definitely taking the current economy into account—a new, black, polyurethane faux-leather jacket was a key part of the presentation. What amazed me about this jacket, besides the fact that it’s a mere $80 (a steal when compared to its real, $400 counterpart), is that it not only looks unbelievably real, it also feels as soft and pliable as real leather. I would love to throw this jacket on over evening wear on unpredictably chilly nights, which means I’ve got to find a Perry Ellis dream guy from which too steal it ASAP…
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