Turning the West Side into a West Coast fantasy, Tommy Hilfiger transformed the cold blank canvas that is Pier 94 into a beach replete with dunes, surfboards and a wooden boardwalk-cum-runway. It was quite challenging for high-heeled guests to navigate, but the set nevertheless impressed — a perfect backdrop for the designer’s fresh new take on Americana. “We brought Malibu to New York,” Hilfiger said backstage before the show. “It’s about ‘Westcoasting,’ the inspiration of the California lifestyle from Melrose to Malibu. Surfing, skating, sporty, colorful, modern, beautiful.”
While the music mix was all about California (“California Girls,” “Californication,” etc.), the lineup was much more beach babe than bum, with Hilfiger interpreting the scuba suit in several sexy variations.
Among the best were color-blocked polo shirtdresses and tops in leather, and a skirt and a pair of pants that appeared unzipped, as if the models had just emerged from a deep-diving expedition. They, along with a voluminous cropped sweater worn with Daisy Dukes, demonstrated ample street cred. The colors were fresh — aquas and sun-kissed reds and oranges — and drove home the theme.
Although Hilfiger mostly stuck to a singular aesthetic, his looser interpretations were executed with aplomb, including cool basketball tank dresses and a sweet Hawaiian-print shirt with olive-colored shorts. “Good Vibrations,” indeed.