Tommy Hilfiger created a world all his own at the Park Avenue Armory Sunday night, where he constructed a manicured park, complete with gravel path, benches and tables, even trees — live ones. (OK, the leaves were wired into place, but still.) And all inside the Armory's massive, vault-roofed atrium. On a freezing, cold night — outside — it was such a pleasure to sit down, take off your parka, and relax with some elbow room before a show (instead of the usual crushed affair on bleachers).
So, before he even started the show, we were in a good mood. Smart man.
Hilfiger envisions a veddy veddy “Town & Country” mix for fall, part hunt club, part Park Avenue sophisticate. But the collection seemed to lean more heavily on the country — once you see all those bridle print silk dresses, the field jacket, the riding togs, it’s hard to see much more.
It’s not really clear how many women will be drawn to wear some of the ultra-uniformy pieces, the double-breasted jackets and skirts in thick, melton wool with military braid trim. They seemed stiff and more than a little fusty on the young models, the kind of thing Maggie Smith might champion on "Downton Abbey," were she timewarped to this century.
There were, rest assured, appealing, youthful options, including a melton wool, split-front skirt worn with a lightweight cotton button-down, or a burgundy, long-sleeve polo (made of a fine-gauge knit and silk organza) and worn with tab waist cords.
The double-breasted jackets shown with skinny motorcycle pants felt to the manor born, for sure, but modern, too.
A small detail but one of the things that worked best: his cable knit arm warmers that slid on like sleeves and were worn with leather gloves. That seemed to strike the best balance. Both classic and cool, fun and functional. You'll want a pair in burgundy. And olive.