February 08, 2007 New York
To the bittersweet harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel's Sounds of Silence, out came fresh-scrubbed sixties schoolgirls in toggle coats, tweed pinafores, and tartan trapeze dresses, all worn with knit tights. The sober New-England-in-winter color scheme was freshened up with flashes of primary color, to chic effect: a navy coat over a lemon-yellow dress and red shoes. Wool coat-dresses had an innocent, Katharine Ross elegance. Hilfiger has often mined an era or subculture for his ideas, but this effort captured the optimism of that decade without caricature. The clothes had a certain quiet refinementall part of a well-considered repositioning of the brand. Asked whether this runway show will be followed by another, Hilfiger answered, "Absolutely. It's good to be back."