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Tommy Hilfiger's "Pop Prep"

No one takes the runway like Tommy Hilfiger. At the end of each show, he strides out firmly, and with a huge air of confidence. That confidence at times seems woven into what can seem like deceptively simple pieces in his collection.

In Sunday’s show at the tents, he tweaked standard prep wardrobe staples—like rugby shirts, or a glen plaid skort—with a jolt of Technicolor shades straight outta the Pop Art craze of the 1960s. He crafted shirtdresses and skirts out of mustard yellow leather with large shirttail hems. He softened a camouflage print on skirts, jackets and capes with a dot overlay, pairing them with tailored chinos. There was also a motorcycle jacket made of classic Oxford shirting, and the saturated cable-knit sweaters worn atop bikini bottoms in pink-and-green glen plaid.

His large overcoats in bonded cotton, alas, seemed stiff and much too voluminous to stuff into a car seat. These pieces are strictly limited to promenades down Park Avenue.


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