Lisa Perry makes clothes for herself, and right now, she's very into separates. For Fall 2013, the mod-obsessed designer stayed within her aesthetic comfort zone—optical prints, houndstooth, pop-y dots—but mixed it up by adding plenty of slim pants, reversible coats, and even a sweatshirt to her familiar A-line shifts.
"I want to wake up on a Saturday morning and it be as easy to get ready as if I were wearing a dress," she said at her presentation, referring to the collection's cropped jackets and colorful sweaters.
For the most part, she achieved that goal. There were still plenty of swing dresses—the two-tier dress in fuchsia double-knit wool was a particular favorite—and black jersey pants that looked like they'd flatter just about any body type. But some outfits, particularly the houndstooth looks, veered a little too referential. That's Perry's challenge: channeling her love of Courrèges-inspired clothes without getting too close.
Perry's biggest success, besides that hot-pink dress, might've been a black faux-fur coat paired with a black stretch-twill dress, also trimmed in black faux fur. It was definitely vintage-inspired, but if styled the right way, it was also totally modern.