September 17, 2002 New York
Setting his sights on the twin goals of glamour and practicality, Hilfiger built his women's collection largely on silky charmeuse cargo pants and skirts in neutral tones like navy, ivory and olive. He paired those with lacy tank tops (for an afternoon of shopping) or halters and bustiers that added a bit more oomph (for the mai tai hour). There were flirty, swingy tiered skirts that cried out to be worn over the crochet bikinis or with a simple cotton polo, and crisp, cropped seersucker jackets guaranteed to ward off cool island breezes—even if your island is Manhattan.
Of course, no vacation is complete without some serious beach time, and Hilfiger came prepared for that, too. While the bashful might opt for a shell-printed pareu to wear over the skimpy bikinis, those looking for some attention on the lido would do well to mimic Naomi Campbell. Her undulating stroll down the runway in a navy jacket and silk bikini bottoms turned even the jaded photographers into wolf-whistling boys.