Tommy Hilfiger does the great outdoors
"I'm mad for plaid" Tommy Hilfiger grins backstage moments after showing a check-tastic autumn/winter 2014 collection, entitled American Explorer.
The wooden catwalk was covered in fluffy snow, as were the fir trees and wooden ski chalet that sat atop a rocky outcrop. There was even a chairlift overhead.
"I'm so inspired by the great outdoors," Hilfiger said, "the American explorer, hiking, camping, mountain climbing… I'm loving the outdoors."
Somehow it's hard to imagine Hilfiger actually bunking down for the night in his two-man tent, out there in the great American outdoors. But his gang of beautiful chalet girls on the catwalk certainly might.
They sported an eclectic mix of mountaineering gear, western workwear and colourful checks. Shearling parkas and bomber jackets were teamed with check shirt mini dresses. Cable knit ponchos and turtleneck sweaters covered raw denim or suede mini skirts. The footwear was a mix of wedge walking boots, cut-off cowboy boots and Alpine clogs in faux fur. Practical footwear - the hot topic of New York fashion week - this was not.
The collection felt like an ode to Colorado's chalet girls, rugged up in cosy coats and colourful bobble hats and goggles, but with bare legs and heels for a dash of youthful glamour.