NYFW A/W11: Tommy Hilfiger

By  February 18, 2011

Tommy Hilfiger‘s womenswear collection, showed just two days after the mens, is the Sally to the menswear’s Harry, when they meet, a harmonious picture of preppy cool emerges. She is the nonchalant girlfriend of the 1970′s rockstar, as Tommy quipped, with her sky high penny loafer platform boots, brogue-inspired belts in pop colors and lush ostrich kit bags, her trademark is “unstudied sexiness.”

Her style is based on a bohemian, feminine (re)interpretation of the brand’s menswear heritage; she is wont to slip into her man’s suiting, nip a pinstripe blazer or camel doublebreasted overcoat to throw over as she rushes out the door to catch his latest downtown gig. She may even sneak out in her boyfriend’s silk PJ’s, lending them a tough edge with fabulous shoes or a tailored jacket.

But far from an androgynous cross-dresser, the Tommy girl still retains her ultra-feminine and sexy side, though concealed beneath layers borrowed from the boys, subtle touches like classic herringbone printed on a sheer silk blouse or a narrow pleated pant beneath a double breasted blazer reminds us that she hasn’t totally forsaken her closet for her man’s, she’s just figured out that she can have the best of both worlds.