January 09, 2013 New York
One step through the door of Lisa Perry's Madison Avenue store is like traveling back to the sixties. Everything from the lounge chairs to the pictures of Twiggy and The Beatles on the walls is reminiscent of the designer's favorite era. But with a little nudge from her buyers, she's opted to expand her offerings for her first pre-fall collection. The bright hues of her Spring range were swapped out for pink and purple pastels mixed with neutrals like black and gray. The color palette wasn't the only new element here. Perry tried her hand at separates for the first time. Cashmere and wool blend knits were paired with skinny pants, and a taffeta cap-sleeve blouse gave modern flare to a flouncy miniskirt. A second taffeta blouse with a couturelike inverted pleat at the back was shown with chic wide-leg trousers. Perry's affinity for graphics—last season it was galactic stars and moons—appeared here in the form of arrows and circles, drawn from street signs like the ones outside her store window. A black crewneck sweater with fuchsia waist-defining arrows, and the form-fitting "intersection" dress with cross-body seaming, were most memorable. "I just want to make people smile," Perry said. A long tunic with the word LOVE printed along the bottom should do the trick.