Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2011: Channeling Marianne Faithful

As editors tapped their toes to the tunes of the incomparable Mick Jagger & Co., all-American design icon Tommy sent out a fall collection inspired by "the nonchalant style of a 1970's rock star's girlfriend." You could certainly see it in the bevy of menswear looks--models sported oversized, three-piece pinstripe suits accented with pocket squares and stack-heeled loafers we suggest jumping on the waitlist for now. The silky, diaphanous foulard-print maxi dresses and pajama pants projected just the right feel of laid-back seventies luxe, but the outerwear was what really caught our eye.
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As editors tapped their toes to the tunes of the incomparable Mick Jagger & Co., all-American design icon Tommy sent out a fall collection inspired by "the nonchalant style of a 1970's rock star's girlfriend." You could certainly see it in the bevy of menswear looks--models sported oversized, three-piece pinstripe suits accented with pocket squares and stack-heeled loafers we suggest jumping on the waitlist for now. The silky, diaphanous foulard-print maxi dresses and pajama pants projected just the right feel of laid-back seventies luxe, but the outerwear was what really caught our eye.
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As editors tapped their toes to the tunes of the incomparable Mick Jagger & Co., all-American design icon Tommy sent out a fall collection inspired by "the nonchalant style of a 1970's rock star's girlfriend." You could certainly see it in the bevy of menswear looks--models sported oversized, three-piece pinstripe suits accented with pocket squares and stack-heeled loafers we suggest jumping on the waitlist for now. The silky, diaphanous foulard-print maxi dresses and pajama pants projected just the right feel of laid-back seventies luxe, but the outerwear was what really caught our eye. There were more strong variations on the classic collegiate duffle coat than we could count, from a version in buttery burgundy suede to one in navy-and-gold plaid that turns out to be, upon closer inspection, a pattern painted onto leather. Also fantastic were the thick waffle-knit scarf capes ("scapes?"), which were worn backwards around the neck and finished off with toggle closures. And certainly deserving of mention were the updated cable-knit sweaters; while chunky knitwear's been a major trend for several seasons now, Tommy's navy pullovers were embellished with tone-on-tone beadwork that really highlighted the twists and turns of the yarn. Some were paired with slick ponyhair skirts, adding yet another rich textural touch to the mix. This marks Hilfiger's third collection under Peter Som's creative consulting eye, and between Tommy's devotion to fashion heritage and Som's appreciation for downtown-meets-uptown cool, the partnership seems like a match made in fashion heaven.

**All photos: IMAXTREE