tommy hilfiger fall/winter 16: slouch, stripes, and shelter from the storm
On the second day of NYFW: Men’s, Tommy Hilfiger’s relaxed tailoring proved a welcome respite from unrelenting rain.
Tommy Hilfiger was an early, vocal supporter of NYFW: Men's launch last season, so it wasn't too surprising to see him on hand for his brand's latest menswear presentation, staged this afternoon in Chelsea gallery world. The iconic designer's warm smile greeted his attendees - driven inside by a day-long downpour - and his boys looked just as cozy in thick wool overcoats.
Though that enviable outerwear mostly arrived in solid colors, stripes of all sizes shined this season. Single bands raced along the sides of relaxed trousers, sneakers were treated to banded detailing - even the wood-paneled floor was patterned with zig-zags. But nowhere were stripes more playfully preppy than on the collection's varied offering of sweaters and rugbys. Horizontals, verticals, and one standout mashup situation appeared on a wide variety of rich knits -- ones I just wanted to rip off the models and give to Bill Cunningham, who was outside shooting sans umbrella like a style soldier.
The legendary photographer's bright blue poncho might have deviated slightly from Hilfiger's color story, but another element of Cunningham's uniform -- that navy lab coat -- found its perfect match in the collection's dark blue and burgundy hues. Those two colors formed one of the season's best looks: a slouchy, striped woven blazer and trouser combo that could have easily been mistaken for pajamas, it looked so comfortable.
PJ-inspired details popped up elsewhere in the offering, too. A silky button-up shirt finished with clean white piping and front pockets peaked out from underneath an evening blazer, while cute club collars brightened up the otherwise dreary weather. Whipping winds, Uber surcharges, and -- let's be real -- complementary wine kept Tommy's guests chillin' inside the gallery a little longer than their show schedules might have permitted, but the designer's at-once crisp and relaxed collection made the case for wearing more and going out less.
Text Emily Manning