Perry Ellis juxtaposes relaxed activewear with contemporary tailoring for its spring-summer 2017 collection. The brand’s creative director, Michael Maccari explains, “Each season we begin with something new. Sometimes our direction is extremely clear. This seas season, there are so many changes in the world, that we are embracing difference and new perspectives.”
Maccari continues, “Similar to the way Perry Ellis approached his first collection sin the mid-70s, my collection is inspired by what’s going on right now.” Inspired by current themes of globalization, cultural synthesis and diversity, Maccari brings together contrasting ideas to create a visual collage of fabrics and prints.
Creating sportswear hybrids for the season, the designer says that “the process of bringing conflicting ideas together is more valuable than the ideas alone. Collaging supports the thought that ideas in the abstract are as valuable as the end result, so I’m exploring this concept and how it affects our daily wardrobe choices.”