brought the beach to New York City for his Spring runway show today, trucking in tons of sand to transform Pier 94 into a shoreside boardwalk. The impressive set complemented the West Coast theme of the new collection, which paid tribute to California's scuba, skate, and surf cultures. While those laid-back, sun-kissed lifestyles have already been well referenced by the fashion community in recent seasons, they dovetailed perfectly with Hilfiger's signature preppy, athletic aesthetic—a match made in Malibu. Classic polo dresses were updated in bright neoprene-bonded leather, for example, which gave the country club staple a modern structure. The high-tech material got a lot of mileage here. It was used on rash guard-style tops and cutout maillot swimsuits, which looked particularly fresh layered underneath a double-breasted chambray suit. Additionally, dark-wash jeans and denim shorts came backed in the stretchy scuba stuff, and the hybrid result was ultra-flattering.
Keeping his finger on the pulse, Hilfiger also included several sporty jerseys that added some on-trend street cred to the mix, including the luxurious leather one Joan Smalls donned, which was embroidered with the number "1." "I've been seeing cool girls in the East Village rocking Knicks jerseys as dresses, and they just feel right," Hilfiger said at a preview. He was right about that. These clothes were ultimately what girls want to be wearing now.