The Park Avenue Armory’s set of autumnal trees gave a glimpse of things to come at Tommy Hilfiger. “Greenwich meets Park Avenue, town and country,” he said at a preview of the collection — which was quite a departure for the designer. It featured a strong lineup of polished silhouettes with equestrian and military touches rendered in warm, fall hues like burgundy, brown and forest green.
There was an abundance of great outerwear, including a black and purple double-breasted riding coat, a leather trench, a double-breasted patent leather one and a houndstooth coat with vintage appeal. Cable knit was another point of interest, which Hilfiger interpreted as a print on a loosely fitting silk organza dress, and a top that he teamed with a brown-and-blue suede and leather skirt. Driving home the horsey, country theme were several riding motif prints (on silk halter dresses, blouses and skirts), as well as quilted suede jackets and skirts.
Hilfiger clearly had a sophisticated woman in mind with this collection — the kind that might also love the classic music he played, which included Simon & Garfunkel, the Rolling Stones and, in the finale, The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.”