NEW YORK -- The Collection: The Tommy Hilfiger spring-summer 2013 menswear runway show took place around the outdoor cabanas at the nautical-themed Maritime Hotel in New York City on Friday, an appropriate backdrop for a regatta’s worth of crisp, preppy stripes.
The inspiration: Hilfiger’s “Prep Club” collection was inspired by “the codes and camaraderie of collegiate sporting clubs.”
The look: That theme meant channeling the brand’s signature red, white and blue color combinations into nautical rope-print stripes using details like varsity crest patches and pins, gold insignia buttons and riffing on collegiate staples in unusual ways, such as rendering a blazer in a soft jersey fabric or adding knit button plackets to dress shirts to create a necktie effect.
The runway collection started with a sea surge of seersucker -- striped seersucker blazers and trousers in navy and white, red and white, even tan and white, and, as the show went on, the fabrics got heavier and the stripes got bolder and more ubiquitous. There were Breton-striped T-shirts, racing-striped khaki suede motorcycle pants and regimental stripes silkscreened onto white denim jeans, cashmere cable-knit V-neck sweaters were edged in gold and navy stripes, and the aforementioned nautical rope print on twill jackets and pants, and button-down shirts.