Tommy Hilfiger went “Westcoasting” at Pier 94 on the Westside Highway on Monday afternoon. And some fashion-types (we’re talking to you, impossibly high stiletto wearers) had a tough time navigating his show. Hilfiger’s runway was a slatted boardwalk topping what must have been a ton of sand including actual dunes with sea grass sprouting out of them.
If you didn’t get the gist of the show from the marvelous set, you felt Hilfiger’s sense of “surf, sport and optimism” inspired by the ease and youthful attitude of Cali style once you saw the clothes. There were scuba, surf and skate references throughout the show including color blocked leathers, skintight scuba pants worn with the zippers slightly open, and, our favorite, leather sports jerseys. There were even Hawaiian shirts, but Tommy’s were reinvented as dresses and made out of leather. Great fun.
Natch, the color palette fit the lifestyle. There were saturated brights – aqua, teal, orange and purple plucked right off surfboards and wetsuits, these balanced by some subtler notes.
And Hilfiger even had something for all those fashionistas teetering on the sand … a chunky “outdoor” heel in aqua blue.