New York Fashion Week: Tommy Hilfiger
Since designer Peter Som signed on as creative director two years ago, Tommy Hilfiger, founded nearly 30 years ago, has become a brand to watch -- again. The spring collection, titled "Pop Prep," was a colorful take on Hilfiger Americana, including sportswear sophisticated enough to take a woman from the office to a dinner date. And by woman, I don't just mean the teenage models on the runway.
A swing coat and silk T-shirt dress rendered in colorful, oversized glen plaid and dramatic, color-blocked silk caftans and jumpsuits tapped into fashion's retro 1960s-'70s vibe. And a mustard yellow leather shirt dress with shirt-tail hem, red leather T-shirt and skirt were in sync with the minimalist trend.
But mostly, it was about preppy basics with a twist, such as chunky cable knit sweaters, rugby shirt dresses with stripes in crazy colors and widths, slim-fit pants with blue shirting stripe details and to-die-for penny loafers with wood block heels.
Hilfiger even dipped into camouflage, pixilating it to Warholesque effect, on bathing suits, pants, motorcycle jackets, ponchos and more.
-- Booth Moore
Photos: Looks from the Tommy Hilfiger spring 2012 runway collection shown during New York Fashion Week. Credit: Wire Image; Peter Michael Dills /Getty Images; Joe Kohen / Getty Images