Simple. Clean. Uncomplicated. Creative director for Perry Ellis, John Crocco, created a collection for his Spring/Summer 2012 Ready-to-Wear that was, first and foremost, roomy and comfortable, while just so happening to look good.

 

 

Inspired by his recent travels to Arizona’s Painted Desert, safari-style jackets and shirts in linen, cotton, and chintz blends were colored in warm hues, such as burnt henna, salmon, indigo, mustardy ochre, and sage, reminiscent of a desert sunset. The few times he did tread into trends were with color-blocked crews and cardigans.

 

 

As with many menswear designers this season, he took a chance with the Euro-flavored capris – “I knew I was taking a risk,” Crocco says post-show, “But we had a few

[capris] in stores and they were selling really well, so I thought, why not?” Sand and white capri linens hovered inches below the knee and gave each outfit a relaxed look – whether it was paired with a polo or a blazer.

 

 

For the show finale, all of the chiseled male models marched out wearing nothing but a pair of Perry Ellis desert floral trunks, a sight so beautiful, one could easily think it was a mirage of masculinity. As one girl nearby noted, “Now that is how you cap off a male model show!” Amen, sister.

 

 

And the sex appeal didn’t stop there. Sitting in the front row, I spotted True Blood star Joe Manganiello, appropriately dressed in Perry Ellis plaid. Apparently, his fashion sense coincides with his True Blood character, werewolf Alcide Herveaux’s style, “My personal style is designer lumberjack,” he explains backstage post-show, emphasizing “designer” with a grin in an attempt to differentiate himself from his TV identity – though he did note that he was a fan of the Perry Ellis runway looks. “The shirts were cool, obviously the shorts were cool, and those espadrille-type, kind of comfortable shoes seem to be very in.” 

 

 

 At a time when many designers are simply going for shock value, it was invigorating to see one go back to comfortable classics for the everyday consumer. Perry Ellis’s collection was a refreshingly cool drink of water in a stylish Sahara. 

– Brittny Drye

 

Click through the gallery below for even more looks!  Images via NY Mag and Style.com.