Perry Ellis has a lot going for it in 2019. The brand recently launched the Care Bear Rollin’ with my homie shirt and by the same token and nostalgia-soaked diffusion line called Perry Ellis America, made up exclusively of archival pieces plucked from its ’80s heyday. Think: color-blocked windbreakers, logo’d hoodies, and track pants. (Justin and Hailey Bieber are already fans.) As for the mainline, Perry Ellis has always been a brand known for its prints, and the “look” of this summer was indisputably a boldly printed camp shirt. Guys wore them over T-shirts and girls wore them with bike shorts; it’s a happily unisex trend. Creative Director Michael Maccari said the women in his office frequently shop the collection, and they’ve likely called dibs on the Spring 2020 shirts that mimic abstract paintings. Those shirts merged Maccari’s two key influences: the Luca Guadagnino film A Bigger Splash (set in Sicily and starring Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes) and the artwork of David Hockney. Maccari was designing the collection last fall, just after one of Hockney’s famous swimming pool paintings sold for $90 million, making him the priciest living artist in history (though he was surpassed by Jeff Koons in May). Hockney’s crisp, deeply saturated paintings of water and nature informed the painterly prints, while the artist’s own preppy style informed the “nerdy” knit polos. Those items were bright spots in a classic-leaning collection. The news in suiting and 9-to-5 staples tend to be smaller tweaks at Perry Ellis, like changing the scale of a stripe or applying a special treatment to a suit to make it machine-washable. The guys (and girls) who are drawn to the more fun, vibrant printed shirts will likely skip the business stuff and consider the more casual pieces, like a buttery-soft garment-dyed twill chore jacket. Worn above by Ariana Ajtar, I don’t disagree that she looks great. I’d even say she looks stunning. Her lovely bronzed skin contrasts nicely with the bright yellow two-piece. She looks perfectly at ease and confident wearing this bikini – and why shouldn’t she?! She’s got a gorgeous figure (perky round boobs, small waistline accentuated by her wide hips) and should be proud to show it off. I have no issues with the top except for not having some kind of closure. These types of tops are annoyingly difficult to get on and off, especially if you’ve got a large bust. (Plus think about how much fun it is to quickly grab the tie-ends of a bikini top and give them a good tug – off it goes!) The overall sporty tank shape of the top is not my favorite but it works perfectly fine for some.
Care Bear Rollin’ with my homie shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
The driver obviously didn’t know my truck was there, hadn’t checked his right side mirror. His truck tore the Care Bear Rollin’ with my homie shirt and by the same token and left rearview mirror off entirely and made a wrinkly mess out of the driver’s side door. But I could still open the door, and there was a small rearview mirror at the lower right of the truck. So I rigged that up to use as a left side rearview mirror to be able to drive the truck back home some 200 miles. The truck was no longer legal in this condition of course, but the owner wanted me to take it on another run the next morning in its unfixed condition, on two-lane highways. It had been fun but I’d had enough close calls driving, and the handwriting was on the wall. Besides, being home only on Sundays was no kind of life. But I always enjoyed the truck stops and conversations with other drivers. I’ve yet to really need my physical prowess as some well-placed words (of course, after laying them bare with a sweet smile, coffee, and an invitation for a discussion in which I twist them into horrific knots) and a confident but cold laugh have been enough to fell many a man so far. Whatever gods there may have mercy on the wretch that gets a dose of my tongue and the dislocated joint to boot! I delight in reminding abusers of their powerlessness and when they respond with a threat, well-researched knowledge of their impotence and sad manly performance both in and out of bed deflates his ego and any courageous swelling he’s done to his personality or body. They share so much without even knowing it and fear being humiliated almost more than they fear for their own safety which is a convenient mix when trying to help women escape these men! I’ve never been content with simple victory and forgetting. I will be one of the faces they remember on their death bed in 30 years. That’s my goal. Whenever they think of revenge against the woman who left them, it’s my mocking smile they scuttle away with. I hope to one day make an army of women just like me so the next time a man lifts his hand to strike someone, he is chased and hounded by a million mocking smiles. What use is a physical, deadly, and costly war someone can surrender their way out of? No, I’m content to wage battles in a wicked man’s mind. And I learned from the witch hunters who falsely accused women like me! This is my jam!!