The historic Park Avenue Armory was transformed into a British boarding school library, serving as the perfect backdrop for Tommy Hilfiger’s very focused Ivy League meets Savile Row men’s collection.
English fabrics such as oversize Prince of Wales checks and houndstooth were used generously, showing up on sharply tailored single- and double-breasted suits, melton-bonded mackintosh car coats and cropped shearling jackets with leather details for a hint of the brand’s rock ‘n’ roll DNA. Similar shapes were shown in a pinstripe fabric that, while not as alluring to the eye, will likely be a retail-friendly option.
Innovation came from the use of different materials, such as black ponyhair on cropped zip-up jackets and a Prince of Wales print on topcoats. The pattern was also used in paneling details on layered sweaters which enhanced the full-on graphic effect.
The marriage of Hilfiger’s preppy Ivy League heritage and creative consultant Simon Spurr’s English roots has never been so spot-on as with this collection that blended their two worlds in an innovative and sophisticated effort.