February 18, 2009 New York
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.