Tommy Hilfiger, the classic American

20 February 2009

Tommy Hilfiger AW 09

For American preppy staples, you need look no further than Tommy Hilfiger. On a New York runway, it's as glossy and perfect as the American dream. From the impeccable pea coat to the khaki pant you've always been looking for; from the dreamy jersey dress to the rugged biker jacket, it's all in very good taste. You can imagine that masters and mistresses of the universe wear clothes like these and they never spill coffee on their crisp white shirts or have mud on their shoes. I can't help thinking they'd lose some of the gloss in transit across the Atlantic, but then these are clothes that have become global classics. They speak a universal language. This is not so much a style statement as a way of life. And Tommy Land looks like a place where nothing bad ever happens.

WHAT WE LOVED:

The leather jacket lined in sheepskin.

Tommy Hilfiger AW 09

The A-line pea coat with gold buttons.

Tommy Hilfiger AW 09

The long jersey dresses.

Tommy Hilfiger AW 09

The skinny khaki pants with flat mannish shoes.

Tommy Hilfiger AW 09

The camel cashmere worn with faded denim.

Tommy Hilfiger AW 09

- Paula Reed

Click through to see more looks from the show, and check out our latest New York show reports as SJP and Anna Wintour bonded at Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs went back to the '80s, Thakoon went over to the dark side, Donna Karan went back to basics, Matthew Williamson upped the glam factor, Rodarte's girls got tough, Marc by Marc Jacobs was the epitome of preppy chic, Michael Kors did serious neon brights, Phillip Lim's girls went all marching band, Proenza Schouler did shape-shifting and Oscar de la Renta was old-school, pre-credit-crunch glamour.


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