It’s easy to forget just how magical a winter wonderland can be when you’re navigating mounds of concrete-color snow on New York’s sidewalks. Leave it with Tommy Hilfiger to remind us with the awe-inspiring mountainous set on his show this morning. After spring 2014’s beach scene, it looked like a picture postcard straight out of Aspen, Colorado. “It started with this idea of the American explorer,” said the designer before the show. “Positioning workwear, outdoor gear, and the western look all together.”
That combination of time-honored American references came through a flurry of cozy outerwear. The classic MA-1 military bomber was reinvented with a cinched bungee cord at the back and lined with a warm orange layer of shearling at the hood. Next up the sturdy canvas barn coat, a popular streetwear staple worn by the likes of superstar Rihanna that has a history as far back as the 1800s. It took on a modern polished look in Hilfiger’s hands, trimmed with navy blue velvet or rendered in thick oversize shearling. On a cold New York day like this, those pieces couldn’t be more inviting.
There was also a softer side, bohemian edge to the collection toward the end of the show with fringed asymmetric blanket dresses, although it was the playful tomboy looks that stood out the most, like a pair of patchwork workwear jeans worn by model Hanne Gaby Odiele with a fuzzy fleece jacket and a swaggering attitude. It’s an idea of Americana that feels fresh and globally relevant right now, particularly given the tide of cool Japanese workwear–inspired labels that have risen up in the past few years. Given Hilfiger’s storied history in American sportswear, it’s one that resonates at the core of his line, too.