May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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THE COLLEGE OF COOL
New York: The fact that Tommy Hilfiger is a quintessentially American designer doesn’t mean he can’t look beyond the border for inspiration, and for F/W 13 he had his sights set directly across the pond. Described by the label as “Savile Row meets Ivy League,” the collection was a snappy take on menswear from both cultures, resulting in cozy co-ed knit dresses with Prince of Wales check panels, bonded Mackintosh coats and printed turtlenecks paired with retro miniskirts. The spirit of collegiate youth was palpable, regardless of its origin, in elongated polo shirt dresses, trompe l’oeil knee sock boots and cable knit caps in stark black and white. Hilfiger closed out the presentation with can’t-miss musts like creamy blousons, shearling trim pinstripe coats and a dash of cool innovation in the form of leathers embellished with an oversized cable knit relief. —Nina Stotler
Silhouette: Rectangular / Masculine / Layered
Color: Black / White / Khaki / Oxblood / Cream / Navy
Key Items: Checked menswear style coats / Tiny schoolgirl shorts / Double-breasted blazers / Mackintoshes / Vests / Polo shirts / Graphic miniskirts / Raincoats / Lightweight menswear suiting / Blouson jackets / Chunky crewneck sweaters / Elegant peacoats
Materials: Bonded wool / Shearling / Twill / Leather / Bonded cable knits / Fleece
Print + Pattern: Prince of Wales checks / Stripes / Argyle / Houndstooth / Polka dots / Diamonds
Details + Trim: Contrast collars, trim and cuffs / Shearling trim / Hoods / Leather lapels / Buckles / Straps
Accessories + Footwear: Patterned rain hats / Knee socks / Pointy penny loafer ankle boots / Patterned satchels with chain straps / Slim patent leather belts / Birkin-style bags / Cable knit caps / Pilgrim boots / T-strap pumps / Intarsia knit scarves
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