Tommy Hilfiger traded Avery Fisher Hall for Bryant Park this season, but his heart belongs one block further east. He christened his Fall collection "Quintessentially Fifth Avenue" in honor of the massive 22,000-square-foot universe-of-Tommy flagship he's slated to open at 681 Fifth come late August. These days, of course, that stretch of town sees all kinds of looks. Hilfiger, however, isn't interested in the reality of what pounds the pavement, but rather the ideal of what should and occasionally does.
That's not to say that this collection didn't present a realistic vision. Hilfiger now treats the sartorial icons he once fetishized nearly to the point of camp with a far lighter hand. It may not be rocket science, but there's a smart sophistication in a camel peacoat over faded jeans and brown leather boots (the latter blessedly free of a platform). A navy jersey dress with a buttoned-on apron front twisted a familiar motif. And a look of high-waisted silk pants with a draped sweater hinted at a more fashionable sensibility.
The Fall mantra was "aspirational, yet attainable," and these clothes (many of which will retail for below $400) are very much that—a polished, practical wardrobe for the young career set. Well, mostly, since Hilfiger did catch the neon bug that's been zipping around New York. Electric pink on Fifth? Hmm. Well, downtown is just a Metrocard swipe away.