The new definition of ‘prep’ hit the runway at Tommy Hilfiger’s fall 2013 show. Unexpected twists on classics included penny loafers that became knee-high boots and menswear pieces tailored with a feminine touch. My favorite look, hands down, was a cable-knit sweater bonded to leather–a piece that was both new and innovative.
Hilfiger put an Ivy League spin on classic Savile Row styles, creating American outerwear with a British mod flavor and tailoring. The result, as the linesheet mentioned, was influenced by mod icons like Mary Quant, Twiggy and Marianne Faithfull.
Houdstooth was the dominant print and it was there in abundance. (Maybe too much?) Ensembles included trench coats with houndstooth lining, houndstooth kilts, blazers and shirts. While the tailoring was on point we feel like the collection was a tad redundant–the collection’s mod message was already well and clear after the first fourteen looks. But the gems as seen in the aforementioned cable-knit sweater and leather, and a few other chic pieces like ivory coats on blouse on pants, made the collection come alive with vigor and much needed innovation.