Opting for some pop culture themes and building up a whole ready-to-wear collection sticking to it is just a bread-and-butter thing for the American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger. He unveiled his Tommy Hilfiger fall/winter 2016-2017 RTW collection yesterday on February 15, and it didn’t even need any guesswork about the inspiration source from stem to stern screaming nautical.
There were no ifs, ands or buts for the show guests to get pretty effective nautical tableaux soon enough when they found the Park Avenue Armory transmogrified into T.H. Atlantic cruise ship under the night stars with smoke coming out from funnels, piles of trunks somewhere on the ground and the upper deck serving as a catwalk. “We’ve always been connected to pop culture,” said Hilfiger before the show. “The fusion of fashion and entertainment is very us, but now we’re not just dating that idea, so to speak—we’re married to it.”
Everything from soup to nuts was nautical starting from navel blue stripes as numero uno marine style indicators to anchors in spades under the guise of whether prints or pretty lovely brooches, wheels, lighthouses, jets of water, sails, whales and jubilant travelling people. Gigi Hadid was selected to open the show, which was more than expected given that Gigi by Tommy Hilfiger collaboration is soon to come as the brand’s first step in multimedia consumer-facing format announced to break out starting from September 2016. The 20-year-old Instagram crackerjack beauty sashayed down the deck donning a lightweight flaring dress with pussy-bow design on the neck all covered with nautical motifs, while a tiny tiara was quite unexpectedly decorating her hair. Creamy or navy blue silk pieces with marine patterns were occurring in between either as somewhat childish dresses or pajama style pantsuits.
There were a lot of naval officer coats showcased at times decorated with sequined collars or cuffs, but also other uniquely designed jackets like a black leather shearling, a cropped blazer with scarlet lapels and a couple of medal prints on the breast, a silk hooded parka or a bomber jacket with stripes and sequins. Sailor pants coming in black, navy blue, in striped or denim versions and sailor collars on some shirts were in a quest to emphasize the travelling spirit even more, while the black diaphanous pieces showing off leg shadows at times even demonstrating sparkling panties worn underneath were the only numbers to exhibit any flesh. The frogging motifs and shapes were riding off in all directions whether we looked at a black sheer dress, an ivory featherweight shirt with poetic sleeves, or a navy blue dress, the waist of which was imitating a frogging belt or a series of chokers.
The bronze socks paired with round-toe shoes might have become the strongest experience in the Tommy Hilfiger fall 2016 RTW line, if not those scintillating sequins delighting us first as stripes or collar ornamentations, then encrusting those sexy panties mixed with floral embroidery up to spinning our heads in the guise of marvelous dresses, like that golden royal one on Gigi Hadid closing the show.
Photos courtesy of Vogue