Posts Tagged ‘Tommy Hilfiger’

Working the Carwash

March 12, 2015

Carwash skirts are taking over the runways for fall, with their flirty flaps adding movement and a peek of thigh to otherwise basic skirts.

Christian Dior

Christian Dior

Christian Dior showed the classic carwash style in graphic black and white, paired with a crisp shirt peeking through the slits.

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger took a preppy approach to the look with a cheerleader skirt and fur sweatshirt in shades of burgundy.

Proenza Schoeler

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler layered grey flannel flaps for an asymmetric version of the trend.

Michael Kors

Michael Kors

Micheal Kors inserted sheer panels for a more demure variation on the theme.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs also inserted sheer panels in his ladylike ode to Diana Vreeland.

Photos: Style.com

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Numbers Game

October 28, 2013

Sports reference have been taking over the runways for several seasons now, but the latest version is emerging from the street. Cool fashionistas are wearing sports jerseys for a look that is laid back yet totally chic.

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Addidas adds a high/low hemline to their jersey, making it a sexy, yet sporty option over tiny basketball shorts.

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This football jersey stands in as a dress, paired with sexy heels and a Gucci clutch.

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Layer a basketball jersey over a tee and pushed up slim pants. The unexpected addition of heels, takes the look from the courts to the streets.

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Tommy Hilfiger took the look from the boardwalk to the catwalk, with his sporty take on the theme. Add an upscale sneaker to the mix for a look that is relaxed and edgy.

Dreaming the Dream

February 1, 2013

Fabric bolts with various types of fabric

Yesterday was a day of contrasts.

Earlier in the day, I participated in a live chat on Huffpost Live with Christian Siriano, the fashion designer who was catapulted to fame after winning Project Runway. Siriano, age 25, has come a long way from those early days, launching an eponymous label and retail store, designing custom wedding dresses and collaborating with other brands such as Payless Shoes. His most recent venture is a lower priced line for HSN, which debuts next week. Known for his big personality and the taglines “fierce,” and “hot tranny mess,” Siriano came across as amicable, yet surprisingly serious.

His conversations leaned towards the business minded, and he appeared wise beyond his years. While Siriano wants to shed his reality show stereotype and be taken seriously as a designer, his career path has been defined by his television persona.

Ruminating on the story of Christian’s success, I wandered back to my office.

When I arrived, I got a panicked phone call; “Tommy is coming!”
The fashion equivalent of an air raid drill is the frantic call to arms when the namesake designer of a brand comes by for an unexpected visit.

I dashed upstairs to make sure that our presentation was up to snuff.

Mr. Hilfiger arrived shortly thereafter, with a group of young aspiring designers in tow, to talk to them about his company and how he got started.

I was lucky enough to be able to sit in, and hear him share his story with the group.

The career trajectory of today, as seen with Christian Siriano is unique: Go on a reality show, have the public fall in love with you and hopefully your designs, and parlay that into a business.

Mr. Hilfiger, more than twice Mr. Siriano’s age, started in a more humble way: with a small amount of money and a big dream.

As a young man, he invested $150 in the inventory of a New York City street vendor selling jeans. He took them back to his hometown of Elmira, New York, and opened a store he called “People’s Place.” He blasted loud music, lit incense and sold out his entire stock. Later, he decided to make the product more personal, and worked with a local seamstress to distort the classic jean and create an item that was unique to his store. As time evolved, he added other denim items to the mix, keeping his niche and expanding it slowly until it became the international phenomenon that it is today. He speaks of stepping outside his comfort zone, as he explored brand marketing and the expansion of his business.

The audience (myself included) was mesmerized, as he offered advice to young designers just starting out.

Tommy generously shared his knowledge, and a few self-deprecating tales of the less stellar moments in his career. His success came from finding a niche, having a strong vision for the brand, and being consumer-centric. He took on partners to help him with the areas of his business he did not excel at, and surrounded himself with young, like-minded talent.

The contrasts and similarities in the two men were stunning.

Both men have a passion for their work. Both began at a young age, and pursued their dreams. One started on a shoestring and built an empire. The other became an instant household name through reality show notoriety. One has their stellar career behind them, and is using his time and resources in a philanthropic way. The other has their whole future ahead of him, and is exploring ways to grow and develop as a designer.

Both proved to be inspirational in their own right.

The lesson was clear:

Vision and drive are essential on the road to success. How you choose to travel is what makes each journey unique.

Who inspired you today? Share your story in the comment section below.

Huffing and Puffing

January 31, 2013

Because I am too freaking exhausted to write anything coherent tonight, here is a screen grab of my Huffpost Live segment, shot today with Christian Siriano of Project Runway fame.

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I will fill you in on all the deets tomorrow, as well as some tidbits from a chance encounter with Tommy Hilfiger today.

Two very different success stories, from two very different men, who both found a unique way to pursue their dreams.Inspiration doesn’t get much better than this!

Coming soon…

Earn Your Stripes

September 18, 2012

New York designers are showing their stripes next season, with a fresh, innovative twist on the classics.

Bold stripes appeared in lean languid shapes or easy menswear silhouettes. The most notable American designers embraced the trend, with dresses, tops and suits all earning their stripes!

Marc Jacobs is arguably the most directional designer in the world right now, and all eyes were on his collection, as editors looked for the next big thing. After seasons of excess, his Spring ’13 collection highlighted clean graphic interpretations of the 1060’s, while channelling the iconic Edie Sedgewick.

Tommy Hilfiger is synonymous with all-American style. His collection featured classic and deconstructed stripes in easy feminine takes on menswear.

Michael Kors also played the stripe card, with bold sailor stripes on clean modern shapes.

As you are packing away the last of your summer wardrobe and getting ready for fall, hold on to that boat neck striped tee for one more year. It is sure to be the center piece of your wardrobe next spring.

When Bad Things Happen To Great Designers

May 7, 2010

Even some of the best fashion designers in the world have off moments. Today we premiere a new feature about the occasional lapses in sartorial judgment by some of the best in the business.

Reed Krakoff, the creative genius behind the renaissance of Coach, and a Ralph Lauren /Tommy Hilfiger alumni, premiered his first collection under his own label for Fall 2010.

Here we see his suspendered fur pouches shown over a simple sweater and trouser. Really Reed? Really? I mean, what woman wants to have straps pulled across her bust and 2 large poufs of fur accentuating her hips?

photo: style.com


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