Perry Ellis creative director John Crocco admitted to having “an American safari moment” when it came to his spring men’s wear collection. That moment, inspired by the Painted Desert in Arizona, resulted in a neutral palette with “defused color” and earth tones. The linen drawstring and capri pants, all very leisure-inspired, gave a flowing, relaxed feel to the line. Washed suedes and cotton-linen-blend sweaters mixed with printed shorts provided contrast and texture, and summer scarves finished the look. The bathing suit finale was a subdued array of prints accented by subtle colorblocking. The concept and execution of the sportswear was well done, but the tailored clothing, which was boxy and ill-fitting, hurt the overall sophistication of the collection.

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