Tommy Hilfiger landed in London with a bang on Monday morning, in a day that took him from breakfast at the private members’ club 5 Hertford Street and the presentation of Goodwood Sports & Racing by Belstaff, to a cocktail party at Number 10 Downing Street, the British prime minister’s residence.
In between, Hilfiger unveiled the revamped and expanded Tommy Hilfiger Tailored, a collection loaded with color and attitude. Formerly under license with Holy Fashion Group but now in-house, Tailored features day, evening, work and weekend wear, in addition to a full range of quilted or leather outerwear with detachable linings, and accessories. RELATED STORY: London Men's Shows Finding Their Footing >>
Suits range in price from 400 euros, or $524 at current exchange, to 700 euros, or $917, the more expensive of which feature fabrics from mills including Ermenegildo Zegna and Loro Piana. During an exclusive walk-through at the brand’s London showroom, Hilfiger said that he and the team started with one question in mind: “What do we want to wear? Everybody’s a bit tired of navy, gray, black and brown, and we wanted to have some fun and we wanted to be different,” he said, adding that he’s cut the jackets shorter and made the trousers slimmer than in the past.
The palette pops in shades of bright blue or forest green for corduroy trousers; eggplant for velveteen peak-lapel jackets, and red, white and blue in American flag-inspired prints for blazer linings. There are cream-colored dinner jackets and burgundy corduroy suits, tartan tuxedos with black satin lapels and green smoking jackets. Hilfiger said color is a major, evolving story for the brand, with chinos in bright hues selling faster than ever before. “Colored bottoms — red in particular — are flying off the shelves,” said the designer.
Hilfiger’s day ended at a party to fete the new collection, with guests including the stars of the “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock Holmes” TV shows. Matt Smith, the actor behind the ultrasuccessful, time-traveling TV doctor, and Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Holmes, joined fellow actors, including Riz Ahmed and Kayvan Novak, at The Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell.
And while his year may have begun on a professionally hectic note, Hilfiger’s top 2013 resolution has nothing do with work. “I always want more time with my family,” he said.
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For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews