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After loving the Youthquake! exhibit of '60s clothing at The Museum at FIT, we started wondering why more of today's designers aren't influenced by those great Mod styles. The universe must have been listening (or somebody's PR people must have been reading), because soon after, we got an invite to a press preview for the Fall 2012 collection by modern Mod queen Lisa Perry.
The viewing was held in Perry's fabulous Sutton Place penthouse. Imagine modern white furniture, walls and floors, with the main dashes of color provided by a MOMA-worthy art collection. We spotted a Warhol, a Robert Indiana sculpture, an enormous Lichtenstein, and what looked to be a Vasarely—all of which set the perfect tone for viewing the designer's pop-art–inspired clothing.
Like the artists from that period, Perry always works with bright, bold colors. Her shapes are clean, minimal and easy to wear. Dresses include a-lines and swings, and some have pockets hidden in geometric designs, like the Circle and Side Square dresses. Pants are high-waisted with side zippers. Tops and tunics are structured, but not overly-fitted. Unfortunately, Perry's creations, much like the paintings in her apartment, don't run cheap, partially because the line is all made in New York.
Due to lease timing, Perry recently closed her eponymous Upper East Side boutique, but she'll be opening another one on Madison at 77th in April. Although the clothes from this collection won't come out until August, the jewelry pictured will be for sale when her shop opens. Look for the Bubble Gum collection, complete with our favorite—a Calder necklace. inspired, of course, by that artist's mobiles.
· FIT Celebrates '60s Mod in its New "Youthquake!" Exhibit [Racked NY]
· Update: Lisa Perry Will Return to Madison Avenue in April [Racked NY]
· Lisa Perry [Official Site]