Covering the runway with sand dunes and surfboards, Tommy Hilfiger turned Pier 94 on New York’s Westside Highway into a Californian paradise for his Spring 2014 collection at the New York Fashion Week.
Reflecting on the inspiration for the set design, Hilfiger said: “It’s really inspired by everything from Melrose to Malibu, and so we brought Malibu here to New York. It’s about surfing, skating and sporty lifestyle.”
Hilfiger led with a series of colour-blocked neoprene pieces – one of the biggest trends emerging from seasonal previews. Folding a palette of saturated brights and sun-washed pastels onto leather bomber jackets, polo dresses and skinny pants, there were ample references to scuba and skater culture.
Elsewhere, Carolina Herrera unveiled a hypnotising collection full of multidimensional geometric motifs designed to give a feeling of ‘clothes in motion’. The Venezuelan-born designer was heavily influenced by the work of some of her fellow countrymen. As she explained: “My inspiration has been kinetic art, especially the two Venezuelan artists – Cruz Diez and Jesus Soto – who really are the fathers of the kinetic movement. Visually, I think that it is very important when the fabrics stand on top of each other.”
Herrera is a long-time doyenne of New York Fashion Week, who has dressed United States first ladies from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama, and a seat at her runway show is always one of the more sought-after tickets in town.
This year, Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Ne-Yo all watched on as her dizzying lines and layered striping tricked the eye.
New York Fashion Week comes to a close on September 12.