tommy hilfiger edition goes 70s sporty for spring/summer 17
For its New York Fashion Week: Men’s presentation, the classic American brand dressed its archives up with floral and bandana prints.
For spring/summer 17, Hilfiger Edition poses an eternal question: how do men dress today? The Tommy Hilfiger line finds its answers in its own archive, where pieces are extrapolated and pushed to new, modern places. The formula results in layered looks that balance bold graphics and patterns with classic shapes; it's an approach to dressing that moves away from the sleek minimalism so often found on today's New York runways in favor of something that looks a bit more like, well, real life. This season at New York Fashion Week: Men's, Hilfiger Edition took the Ivy League and sporty 70s as its starting points, but broadened these ideas to include bandana prints, pajamas, and boxy workwear.
If "sporty 70s" made you think Tenenbaum, you'd be onto something. A few spring/summer 17 looks nailed the dysfunctional family's perfectly laidback balance between sporty and refined. There were crisp takes on Margot's pique polos, Chaz's crimson tracksuits, and Richie's slouchy tennis chic. Like The Baumer, the collection blended suiting elements — neat blazers and cropped, tailored trousers — with easy court-ready pieces. (And we're gonna choose to interpret the oversized shades and bucket hat combinations as an ode to the film's long unsung style icon, Dudley).
Elsewhere, these slim silhouettes were paired with bigger, boxier ones. Tommy resurrected last season's pajama party with a few more baggy bottoms; they arrived in the brand's signature stripes (which also decorated patchwork sweaters and hoodies) as well as a graphic floral motif that bloomed throughout the collection — across oversized shorts, button-up shirts, and jackets. This Ivy League proposition moved beyond khakis and cotton, incorporating raw denim workwear pieces like barn coats and selvedge pants. All together, spring/summer 17 made the grade.
Text Emily Manning