By Sara Bauknecht
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (TNS)
NEW YORK — Tommy Hilfiger called his fall 2015 women’s collection “an American love story inspired by Ali MacGraw.”
What’s more American than a good ol’ game of football?
That’s what Hilfiger gave Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Monday at the Park Avenue Armory on Manhattan’s East Side for his 30th anniversary collection. The cavernous space was transformed into a football field, complete with field posts, scoreboard and a Jumbotron that captured all of the action from the front row (celebrity sightings!) and around the makeshift stadium.
Once it was game or, in this case, show — time, models stomped onto the field from an entrance labeled “locker room” and strutted from one end zone to the other. The packed crowd watched from bleacher-style seats.
The clothes mimicked this spirited all-American, athletic flavor with sporty-chic bomber jackets, leather jersey-style dresses, over-sized scarves, cozy popcorn sweaters, smart peacoats, a peppering of plaids and wedged lace-up “football boots.” More playful pieces were complemented by some softer ones, including a smattering of pieced skirt and crepe dresses in rich autumnal tones like burgundy and navy.
After models took their final walk across the field, Hilfiger ran out, helmet in hand, to wave to fans and family. The collection was, indeed, a touchdown!