42 posts tagged "Tommy Hilfiger"
No surprise to hear that the garment trade is in Ally Hilfiger’s blood. But while, she says, she’d always kept being a designer in the back of her mind, for years it went no further. “The front of my mind was thinking, I want to be my own person, I want to do my own thing. I don’t want to be categorized as being in the same business [as] my parents,” Hilfiger said by phone from her Garment District studio. “I did many different things”—styling and acting and the ubiquitous foray into reality TV among them—”and it helped me grow independently as a business person. But it’s in my blood to be in this business. I feel like I’ve been in school for this for my whole life.”
When fashion did come calling, she started by consulting on her father Tommy’s collections. “I definitely rolled up my sleeves and got my hands quite dirty,” she assures us. Her graduation comes this season with NAMH, the new line she’s debuting with designer Nary Manivong. (NAMH is Nary Ally Manivong Hilfiger; Manivong’s namesake collection is being put on hold to focus on the new venture.) The collection is based on the shirtdress (like the one at left)—”taking the classic and twisting it,” Hilfiger says, turning out versions in wools, silks, and specialty fabrics. “I really believe in perfecting the art of these shirtdresses. They’re so wearable, for so many types of women.” Designed, patterned, and produced in New York, they’ll debut at the line’s presentation during New York fashion week. And while there are probably some skeptics out there waiting to be convinced, proving naysayers wrong is another family trait. Let’s not forget there were more than a few people asking “Tommy who?” when that infamous mid-eighties Times Square billboard put the future mogul’s then unfamiliar name up there with Calvin, Ralph, and Perry Ellis.
Didn’t graduate from (or get kicked out of) Andover or Exeter? Never had an au pair, a summer home, or monogrammed luggage? Even so—you’re still welcome in Tommy Hilfiger’s new Prep World. Said world, and the 60-piece collection that bears its name, isn’t merely a figure of speech. It’s a reference to the truly global spread of prepster. And where goes style, there goes shopping. A globe-trotting new temporary shop for the collection—inspired by an East Hampton beach cottage, naturally—will open in New York and make the kind of grand tour even most Groton grads couldn’t hope for: to Paris; London; Amsterdam; Milan; Stockholm; Madrid; Sylt, Germany; Knokke, Belgium; and Tokyo.
Helping with the ambassadorial mission is Lisa Birnbach, preppyism’s chronicler of choice and the author of The Official Preppy Handbook, the recent True Prep: It’s a Whole New Old World, and, just for www.tommy.com, The Prep World Global Guide. Both Hilfiger and Birnbach were on hand last night to offer editors a preview of Prep World’s updated classics (an oxford shirtdress for Muffy, a pair of boat shoes for Hampton) at a gin-and-tonic-fueled party. Interested shoppers can get their hands on the goods when the roving store opens in New York on April 28th. But, please, don’t be so vulgar as to call it a “pop-up.” Others pop; true preps “drop in.”
Is Proenza getting a new parent? Rumor has it Theory president Andrew Rosen—who, in addition to controlling Theory and Helmut Lang, has invested in Rag & Bone, Alice + Olivia and Gryphon—is mulling a stake in the New York label. Pemira, which owns 45% of the business is looking to sell its share; designers Jack McCollough, Lazaro Hernadez, and CEO Shirley Cook will keep their 55%. [WWD]
It’s battle of the newspaper glossies this weekend when the first Sally Singer-edited issue of T and the first Deborah Needleman-edited issue of WSJ. hit stands. A hundred lucky people got a sneak preview today, though: T put 100 copies near their offices on 40th Street, which, according to Twitter, were gone within 2 hours. [@themoment]
Is Diddy elbowing in on Kanye territory? The rapper is certainly courting the fashion world at the moment: His next album, Last Train to Paris, features spoken-word cameos from Marc Jacobs, Isaac Mizrahi, Tommy Hilfiger, and André Leon Talley. [Huffington Post]
And Natalia Vodianova (left) must have had her Jock Jams blasting lately. The gorgeous model has been repping her home country of Russia on two separate athletic fronts lately: As the official Ambassador of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, and as part of a delegation to secure the 2018 World Cup for Russia. [Modelinia]
Jean Paul Gaultier is the latest designer to get the retrospective treatment: A career-long show of his work (a Spring ’09 couture look is at left) will debut in Montreal in June, before traveling to Dallas and San Francisco. It’ll be broken out by themes—including the tantalizing “Eurotrash/X-Rated”—and be accompanied by a catalog with contributions from Catherine Deneuve, Pierre Cardin, and even Martin Margiela, who began his career under Gaultier. [WWD]
Blogger sensation and avowed Sassy fanatic—despite the fact that she wasn’t actually around for it—Tavi Gevinson announced on her blog this weekend that she and Sassy founder Jane Pratt will be launching a magazine (not “Sassy (or the rebirth of Sassy, or Sassy 2.0)”, she cautions) and are calling for submissions. [Style Rookie]
Poor Brooklyn Law School students: Here they were, studying quietly in the library, and then they had to look at some undressed Diesel underwear models. [Racked]
After a successful few seasons having Peter Som consult on his womenswear line, Tommy Hilfiger is bringing in help for the men’s, too: Swarovski Award-nominee Simon Spurr will work on the Hilfiger label’s upcoming men’s collection. [WWD]
Tommy Hilfiger recently celebrated his brand’s 25th anniversary, and he’s marking the occasion with an appeal to his 25-year-old customers—the ones who made Hilfiger a must-buy during his nineties glory days, when you couldn’t turn on MTV without seeing a pair of baggy Tommy jeans or an oversized rugby shirt. The prep staples of the last decade aren’t going anywhere, of course, but they’re now joined by the new, younger-skewing TOMMY line, one that’s just gotten its first concept shop, on New York’s Bleecker Street, a second in White Plains, and several more on the way in the U.S. and Canada.
The space’s decor is eclectic, with loads of taxidermy and a bicycle-gear chandelier. The clothing, too, follows its offbeat example, to add a little irony to the tried-and-true prepster equation. A classic turtleneck pairs with sequined hot shorts and neon tights, or, on the boys’ side, a spectacle-print cardigan is shown with distressed jeans and a bow tie. The TOMMY set may grow up to their country club memberships and blue blazers one day, of course. But until then, Hilfiger’s got a faux-leopard trapper hat ($44) and acid yellow henley ($49) with their name on it.
TOMMY is now available at 375 Bleecker St., NYC, www.tommyhilfiger.com.