Washington Post, applauded the collec-
tion too. "I think he really has ac-
quired a sense of control combined
with a sense of humor and his own
identity. Marc is around the social
scene. He is in touch with what is go-
ing on in New York, and he brings that
into his collection in a subtle way,"
says Ms. Horyn.
This fall, the Perry Ellis company is
reintroducing the Portfolio collection,
which was closed in 1989. The new
Portfolio collection is a moderately
priced line with items ranging from
$60 to $250.
Secondary design lines like the
Perry Ellis Portfolio are the right move
in a sluggish economy. Women's Wear
Daily reports that 14 firms have
launched secondary lines since the
runaway success of DKNY, Donna
Karan's secondary label. Secondary
lines also allow designers to define
their signature label. Portfolio will
compete with the several other newly
introduced secondary labels, in-
cluding Anne Klein, Ungaro and Ellen
"Knits will be a big part of the (Port-
folio) collection," says Mr. Jacobs. The
knit pieces are vibrant and fun in geo-
metrical designs and animal motifs.
Some of the black-and-white sweaters
are accented with sequins.
Mr. Jacobs incorporates his own
fresh ideas with classy Perry Ellis
designs for the Portfolio debut.
"I love the white classic striped
shirt," says Mr. Jacobs.
The shirts are merchandised in a
navy cardboard portfolio with a polka
dot enclosure. The classic white shirt
looks splendid with trousers, skirts
Mr. Jacobs is inspired by many
mediums. "Everything inspires me. It
could be a fabric or a song," he says.
His spring 1990 collection focused
on a youthful Mia Farrow look, down
to a pixie-like hairdo on the models,
after seeing the actress on television.
His spring 1991 collection was a
tribute to some of the most influen-
tial interior designers of this century
— Billy Baldwin, Sister Parish and
Elsie de Wolfe.
There are some designers whom
Mr. Jacobs admires. He especially
likes Karl Lagerfeld and his collections
for Chanel. And then, Mr. Jacobs
gracefully adds, "Perry Ellis, of
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