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Perry Ellis Plays Up the Sportswear Trend at New York Fashion Week: Men's

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A model on the Perry Ellis spring 2017 runway during New York Fashion Week: Men's.

It was less about the suits this season, says creative director Michael Maccari.

For Perry Ellis' spring 2017 collection, creative director Michael Maccari settled on the idea of collages — not just in photos (as seen on one of his designs that featured a series of layered photos he took in Palm Springs screen-printed on a T-shirt), but also in mixing fabrics too.

For example, Maccari says he and his team created a suit from a stretch fabric with a wicking property, making it into a technical fabric that would normally be seen in a workout outfit instead.


VERY PERRY: Models on the Perry Ellis spring 2017 runway during New York Fashion Week: Men's. (Photos: Getty Images)

"We almost wanted to de-emphasize suiting this time and really play up the idea of sportswear," the designer tells Pret-a-Reporter. "Even if they've got a suit, they have a jacket tied around their waist and they're wearing a bomber jacket. It's this idea of preparedness, too. If he needs to wear that suit, he can just switch it up."

Though there were several suits seen in the latest PE range (it is part of the brand's signature offering, after all), it was the matching reflective vest and shorts, botanical-print mesh track jacket and rose-print jogger pants that stood out — and also proved that the athletic-wear trend is here to stay for another season.


VERY PERRY: Models on the Perry Ellis spring 2017 runway during New York Fashion Week: Men's. (Photos: Getty Images)

"The botanical idea was really nice — it felt nice to be natural but then also the idea of natural printed on synthetic, so again it's another collage," explains Maccari.

Similar to last season, the collection was styled by Michael Fisher, who works with the likes of Bryan Cranston, Paul Rudd and James Corden.

Nick Cannon, who attended the show Monday morning, is no stranger to creating his own version of Perry Ellis collages. 

"I used to have to shop at thrift stores growing up and I would incorporate those pieces that I could find with my own attire that I had normally, so I would mix the hip-hop vibe with Perry Ellis in the early '90s," says the actor. "It was a lot of fun."

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