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Perry Ellis

AMERICAN SAFARI
New York: For S/S 12, Perry Ellis creative director John Crocco looked to the Painted Desert in Arizona for inspiration. The result was a perfectly languid collection of time-honored classics and sun-baked pastels. Summer-appropriate fabrics like cotton-linen blends and washed suede added rustic appeal to the relaxed but refined silhouettes. Drawstring linen pants, gauzy scarves and short-sleeved cardigans with faded dishcloth stripes all helped complete a look that was as much about leisure as it was refinement.  —Michael Fisher

Silhouette: Flowing and relaxed

Color: Sand / Ivory / Periwinkle blue / Mustard yellow / Olive / Desert clay / Sunset orange

Key Items: Short-sleeve cardigan / Suede safari shirt / Lightweight intarsia sweater / Fine gauge polos / Windbreaker / Summer pea coat / Henley shirt / Patterned swim trunks / Linen jeans

Materials: Linen / Linen-cotton blends / Chintz linen / Seersucker / Cotton twill / Goat suede

Details + Trim: Drawstrings / Cargo pockets / Contrast tipping / Flat epaulets

Accessories + Footwear: Gauzy summer scarves / Suede brogues / Slip-on espadrilles

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