Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2012: The King of Prep Reinvention

If you closed your eyes and wished for a dream fashion show, that's what Tommy Hilfiger's women's fall/winter collection was: a hushed fairyland of imported gray gravel, autumn ripe trees and a confidence you could feel upon entering the Park Avenue Armory. It wasn't only the sumptuous offerings for fall—precise military detailing, lush textures and literal equestrian accents in rich navy, caramel and the season's most-pervasive hue, burgundy—it was the tasteful spectacle that was so moving. From the cavernous space to the soundtrack (Lana Del Rey and The Beatles for Hilfiger's bow), the presentation felt like a veteran designer's willing acquiescence to a new guard.
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If you closed your eyes and wished for a dream fashion show, that's what Tommy Hilfiger's women's fall/winter collection was: a hushed fairyland of imported gray gravel, autumn ripe trees and a confidence you could feel upon entering the Park Avenue Armory. It wasn't only the sumptuous offerings for fall—precise military detailing, lush textures and literal equestrian accents in rich navy, caramel and the season's most-pervasive hue, burgundy—it was the tasteful spectacle that was so moving. From the cavernous space to the soundtrack (Lana Del Rey and The Beatles for Hilfiger's bow), the presentation felt like a veteran designer's willing acquiescence to a new guard.
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If you closed your eyes and wished for a dream fashion show, that's what Tommy Hilfiger's women's fall/winter collection was: a hushed fairyland of imported gray gravel, autumn ripe trees and a confidence you could feel upon entering the Park Avenue Armory. It wasn't only the sumptuous offerings for fall—precise military detailing, lush textures and literal equestrian accents in rich navy, caramel and the season's most-pervasive hue, burgundy—it was the tasteful spectacle that was so moving. From the cavernous space to the soundtrack (Lana Del Rey and The Beatles for Hilfiger's bow), the presentation felt like a veteran designer's willing acquiescence to a new guard. To that end, a peculiar smattering of celebs showed their support: Russell Simmons, Petra Nemcova and Uma Thurman mixed with a younger set including French actress/model Elisa Sednaoui, who was sporting the most perfect bedhead ("You have to be French," my seatmate Leandra Medine told me matter-of-factly when I queried how I might achieve such a look), Ally Hilfiger, Mia Moretti and Breaking Bad actress, Krysten Ritter. "I've only been to one other show," Ritter told us. "I wish I was going to all of them!" She then gestured to her ensemble, a daring silk jumpsuit, blue suede booties and a color-blocked clutch. "Crazy, huh?" she said. "The new pops of color." Also in attendance was the always-lovely Brad Goreski, who told us that he wears "tons and tons and tons" of the collection. "He cuts pants that are perfect for my body," he said. "This is off the rack—no alterations!" he continued. "[Tommy] is the King of Prep and he's constantly reinventing our idea of 'preppy.'"

Photos: IMAXtree