This year one of the best parts of creative Designer John Crocco’s Perry Ellis Show is that the models were voted on by the fans then casted in 40 different looks that embodied warmth, refinement, and masculinity where one was more gorgeous than the next. These were cotton and wool sweaters with shawl necklines, leather jackets with contrasting under collars, goat suede riding jackets, toggle coats, tweed trousers and cashmere blazers. Colors of the season evoked the natural elements of the woods: Shiitake, Oatmeal, Vanilla, Pewter, Olive, Stone, Iron, Spruce, Forest, and Castlerock. Menswear is given permission in this collection to layer by mixing textures and weights in sheer elegance. The workmanship was superb. The colors melted into each other the way colors do on a walk in the forest in the fog. Everything was touchable and comfortable. The collection had a way of reaching all ages and levels of status of men by just adding a touch of accessories: hats, funnel scarves, eyewear, and belts. Best of all; 10 of the looks are chosen to be sold immediately off the runway on the Perry Ellis Facebook Page.
The scene backstage was one of exuberant joy. The models, were all posing for photos with fans and couldn’t have been nicer. One brother duo, who own a skateboard company, Travis and Brian, had their skateboards in hand to ride the streets of NYC after the show, reminding me how young models really are! The scurry of backstage help and PR girls was amazingly efficent as John Crocco gave interviews, relief written on his handsome face. The show was perfect.