Marking a departure from the pop and the jazzy, Lisa Perry–known mainly for her color-splashed, mod-meets-Madison Avenue silhouettes–streamlined her palette for Spring/Summer 2014. In fact, each and every one of her 24 looks appeared in optic or just-off white–but her spirit, which so effortlessly blends vintage and contemporary, wasn’t lost in the washout.
Perry drew heavily from tennis and its de facto country club dress codes. She even transformed her uptown store to resemble a makeshift hard-court, replete with doubles alleys and service boxes. But pure sport this was not: Perry managed to infuse a sort of day (hello, terry-cloth arm bands) meets night (good evening, plunging squared off necklines) elegance in her athleticism, conveying a vision that wasn’t so much literal as it was associative, and thus wrapped in the designer’s artful and sensible approach.
Models arrived in trios, mostly in dresses of varying lengths and geometries, though swimwear and separates emerged as well. A number of knit and cotton pique options walked the lines early, including a circle-stamped mini-dress and a bifurcated-slit gown, both notable highlights. Less enticing were Perry’s lambskin garments, which, after a double-take to determine the textile considering the collection’s monochromic bent, felt off-theme and out of place. However, heavy cable-knit sweaters near the presentation’s end reinvigorated the polished prepster spirit.
Color wasn’t entirely lost for Pantone-loving Perry fans: sandals, with Wimbledon-grass green straps and golden heels, crowned her footwear selection.