June 11, 2013 New York
Lisa Perry begins the design process each season with a piece of art. For Resort, it was a Tom Wesselmann still life. She drew her palette from the pop artist's work—a fresh mix of primary colors paired with blush pink, rusty orange, and tan. Perry started by revisiting her hits: the A-line circle shift, the fit-and-flare dress, and the collarless overcoat. But what really drove this collection was her effort to appeal to a younger customer. "Girls in their twenties and thirties have been telling us they want to wear Lisa Perry, but they want to wear it in a different way," she said. A popover top and matching bubble skirt in a graphic seersucker looked fun enough to prove her point, as did an above-the-knee khaki trench with bright yellow piping and chunky Lucite buttons. The lineup was a welcome move forward for the designer; it proved that her retro-modern aesthetic can be just plain modern, too.