Lisa Perry is by far one of my favorite designers. I really can’t stand the Upper East Side, but her store makes hanging around there bearable. The store itself is totally stark white; everywhere you turn is punctuated by an array of powerful pop colors on her mod clothing, accessories, and home interiors that remind me of the inside of the spaceship in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Lisa Perry was stop #1 on this year’s Fashion’s Night Out agenda. For her FNO soiree, Lisa and co teamed up with the cast of Pan Am, a new show premiering on ABC on Sunday, September 25th. Pan Am glamorizes the life of flight attendants in the 1960’s who work for Pan Am airlines and follows them through their relationships and such. The show essentially seems like Mad Men in the sky (in the best possible way), so it made so much sense that the master of mod, Lisa Perry, would collaborate with them for Fashion’s Night Out. Along with the in-store debut of Lisa’s A/W 2011 collection, guests mingled with the cast of Pan Am and the first 50 people who arrived that night even received a signature Pan Am bag. During the party, models dressed as Pan Am flight attendants, passing out snacks and drinks, while The Archies soundtrack played on the speakers along with other tunes that might be played at 1960’s school dance. I loved every minute of it.
From left to right: Lichtenstein's "No Thank You," "Light On," and "Spray" painting dresses.
Last year, Lisa did a line incorporating some of Andy Warhol’s most iconic pieces which made my heart flutter a million times over. Following her art-inspired collection, Lisa’s latest body of work sources some of Roy Lichtenstein’s most well-known art for a limited edition Lichtenstein collection at Lisa Perry's Madison Avenue store, from which a portion of the profits will also go to benefit the Parrish Art Museum.
The Lisa Perry store also has these two big bookshelves with all of these cool nods to the 1960’s in it. I felt like the biggest weirdo for staring at the shelf for so long during the party, but there was just so much to look at! I mean, there were books on Surreal Things, Marimekko, (another one of my favorite designers), Pierre Cardin, and even old Barbie dolls which had been made into mini-mes, outfitted in one-of-a-kind Lisa Perry originals, similar to dresses I’ve seen on racks in the store.
I DON’T THINK YOU UNDERSTAND HOW EXCITED I WAS TO MEET LISA PERRY!
Paparazzi in da house
From left to right: Christina Ricci who plays Maggie in Pan Am and Carine Vanasse who plays Colette
This dress reminds me of when TV screens get messed up and are always multi-colored. And I like it a lot.
Fruit salad, yummy yummy (like The Wiggles, you know?).
The Bob Dylan framed-dress is a work of art
Do you think maybe, Lisa will let me move into the store? Maybe, just maybe? These images are going to be my inspiration for my first apartment.
Lisa Perry; 976 Madison Avenue (between 76th and 77th streets); 212-334-1956.
Every time I pass by the windows there’s a completely different set of utterly desirable shift dresses hanging—everything from bold geometrics and picnic ginghams to even Campbell’s Soup Can graphics and pictures of Edie Sedgwick (whom, I imagine would have LOVED to wear Lisa Perry’s designs). That night of course, the window was decked out in Pan Am-inspired loot.
PART 2 OF FASHION'S NIGHT OUT TO COME SOON!
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