Day 2 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2011 at Lincoln Center had me at, among many others, the runway show of Perry Ellis as Head Designer John Crocco unveiled his Fall 2011 collection in The Stage.

Fall is definitely in the air as the mood was set with the pre-show video image of slender trees and branches projected upon the back wall with a similar image gracing the front and back of the program.

Menswear never seems to get a huge celebrity presence but around me were NFL’ers Maurice Leggett of the Kansas City Chiefs, William Beatty of the New York Giants, and George Wilson of the Buffalo Bills, as well as actor Eric West.

 

Personally, I really liked 5 of the 40 looks that I saw come down the runway.  There was the outfit of the Charcoal Chintzed Wool Tuxedo teamed up with a Charcoal Cotton Houndstooh Cardigan and a Pewter Lambswool Turtleneck with cool shimmer effect to it.  Also, there was an Iron Wool Herringbone Peacoat with the Airforce Lambswool Turtleneck and Charcoal Denim Trouser as well as the Olive Wool Stadium Coat with Brownstone Wool Pinstripe Trouser.  As I like the hoodie concept with a more formal style coat, the Charcoal Wool Patchwork Eisenhower with a Forest Fine Gauge Colorblocked Turtleneck and Charcoal Glen Plaid Trouser.  What simply made me think of the word “Cozy” was the Spruce Cotton Brided Cable Coat with Vanilla Cotton/Wool Fairisle Crew and Pewter Heather French Terry Loungepant.

 

Overall I’m not a fan of menswear runway shows cause there’s never a WOW piece but I did like the concepts that I saw from John Crocco … maybe I’ll have to see about getting one of those hoodie peacoats to replace my aging one.  Interesting finale with all models coming out, simultaneously, in dressed-down Perry Ellis sweatshirts and loungepants walking on newly pedicured feet for all the world to see.

Backstage was your typical bedlum with everyone vying for some time with John either to interview him or to simply say hi and congratulations.

– Mike J

Photo Credits: Mike Loccisano and Peter Michael Dills / Getty Images North America  via Zimbio.com) and Mike J