There are certain brands in menswear that have been around long enough to become plain and tired. Perry Ellis is one of those brands. Or rather, was one of those brands, until they hired new creative director Michael Maccari, whose design experience ranges from houses like J.Crew, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren. His move to the established brand is creating renewed interest and excitement within the industry.
Men’s Journal was given an exclusive first look at Maccari’s debut collection for Perry Ellis, titled “Change and Horizontals,” which was inspired by the linear drawings and paintings of Irish artist Sean Scully. You can see the influence in this blue suit. Despite having a modern crosshatched texture and slight sheen, it’s also wearable, like a Soho update on Wall Street’s classic navy. Swap the floral shirt for a white oxford and tie, and it seems like a look fit for any office.
The rest of the Maccari’s collection will make its debut at Perry Ellis’ first runway show in three years during New York Fashion Week. But for now, consider our interest peaked.