The music that welcomed guests into the final show at Bryant Parkhinted at the kind of easy, classic sportswear Tommy Hilfiger would putforth. Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Neil Young — all-American andappealing, the clothes played like the tunes. In his show notes,Hilfiger said the collection channeled a young Katharine Hepburn, whichmeant lean and soft silhouettes. Trousers were cut wide or very narrow,and suits, such as a navy wool number with a cropped jacket, struck abalance between feminine and slightly boyish. Not all of Hilfiger’scustomers have a cubicle life, thus the references to a girl who hasn’tquite let go of the ivy-wrapped quad: folded A-line skirts in kellygreen and navy and brocade orange, as well as cashmere Henleys andturtlenecks. Not so practical? The sleeveless trenches were a misstepamongst a series of slouchy, cozy stadium toppers and cable knits. Therewas a dash of debutante, too, in the sleeveless bell-skirted dressesand creamy palette — camel, light gray — which worked the chic side ofretro. Their charm and versatility should be friendly to retailers(pearls not included).

 

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