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Tommy Hilfiger’s choice of the High Line as the location for his Spring Summer collection speaks volumes; a democratic, accessible, and populist walkway that stands for everyone – echoing the ethos Hilfiger has always adopted for his eponymous label. On the elevated railroad track that travels along the west side of Manhattan, an elegant scene was set. With pretty glass lanterns hanging above the crowd, the runway resembled a freshly painted white deck of a beach house, as models emerged from a charming little cottage, decorated in the red, white, and blue. This season Jackie O and Lauren Hutton were the women that provided the inspiration; it was about “effortless off-duty style entering ports of call in exotic locales,” read the show notes. Mixed, of course, with broad sweeps of American style – the casual jauntiness of striped cottons, and weathered canvas, and sunbleached denim. Nautical elements may be a constant approach to spring wardrobes, but Hilfiger manages to re-imagine them into looks that possess a sophistication in their simplicity. Hilfiger opened with a series of softly chic striped pyjama suits – slouchy and oversized, followed by billowing trapeze dresses toughened with heavy gold chains. Red, white and blue stripes were transformed into patchwork details on suits and zigzags on shirt-dresses and swimwear. Multi-coloured Breton striped dresses were made completely from leather with heavy stitching, whilst faded, relaxed denim sat perfectly with crisp and refined tailoring.
Text: Caroline Newell
Photography: Mitchell Sams
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