For a relatively young brand Lisa Perry certainly has a firm grip on its signature aesthetic: Minimalist, graphic and very mod. And of course the brand’s fall 2013 collection was right on the mark.
Held at the Lisa Perry store uptown, the presentation, like last season, consisted of models grouped together in the sparse, all-white store, with at least one model posing in the store’s window (side note: when I was approaching the Lisa Perry store one guy said to his friend: “holy shit I swear that mannequin in the window just moved.”)
The collection, called “mazes, twists & doodles” featured a delightful mix of classic plaids, and ladylike fabrics with playful, zig-zag and over-sized dot prints. “It’s a twist on a classic,” Perry said, referring to the fabric she used and the genus’ of the collection’s name.
The collection owes a lot to 60s designers Pierre Cardin, André Courrèges, and if there’s nothing exactly groundbreaking in it, it does have a sort of timeless quality. Which is exactly what Perry was going for.
“I just think [the mod period] was the most modern time in fashion where, if you look at the designers of the time, it looks like it could have been designed yesterday. They were so ahead of their time. It just feels so fresh,” Perry explained, of her obsession with designers like Cardin and Courrèges. “You can’t put a date on it–unless you’re doing go-go boots and the whole thing. But if you pair it with a modern shoe, it looks fresh.”
The shoes in this collection are modern indeed: the result of a collaboration between Manolo Blahnik and Perry. They were classic Manolo shapes done up in fabric that Perry supplied. Sadly, though, they won’t be hitting retail.
“Doing a [fully fledged shoe line] is not high on the list for me, but I would definitely consider it,” she said. Instead the brand wants to focus on broadening their ready-to-wear line, offering more separates, and nurturing the burgeoning scarf accessory business. Perry also tells me they’ll be launching a tote bag soon.
As for if Perry’s husband, who owns Barneys, ever gives her business advice, the designer says no.
“No, we don’t get involved that way,” she said. “He loves fashion and so is always very excited with the collection and always tells me what he likes. But no, he doesn’t get involved business-wise.”