New York Fashion Week menswear: The new prep


A model walks the runway at the Billy Reid Spring 2012 presentation during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. (Andy Kropa/GETTY IMAGES)

The bold and imaginary Hilfiger family (from his inventive campaign) has crashed its sailboat. The younger Tenenbaum-styled kids have made Hilfiger hipper with age, preferring motorcycles to yachts and leather to khakis. In this menswear collection, he spliced Americana with East Village grunge. Red leather bomber jackets, indigo denim blazers and camouflage sport coats subsumed traditional cable knit and seemed relevant for the Cape or New York club kids. Karl Lagerfeld’s newly anointed muse rapper Theophilus London, a face of Hilfiger’s campaign, seemed at home in signature red and blue.


A model walks the runway at the Tommy Hilfiger Men's Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Highline on Sept. 9, 2011, in New York City. (Peter Michael Dills/GETTY IMAGES FOR MERCEDES-BENZ F)

Actor Ed Westwick poses backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger Men's Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Highline. (Jason Kempin/GETTY IMAGES FOR MERCEDES-BENZ F)

A model wears new fashions at the Billy Reid Spring 2012 presentation during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. (Andy Kropa/GETTY IMAGES)

Reid, always the kind-hearted Alabama darling, charmed onlookers by joining the crowd in the final half hour of his presentation. His Georgetown store, which was scheduled to open last year, is still in limbo: “We’re waiting for the old tenants to leave,” he said.

Anna Wintour made a brief appearance, sneaking backstage to greet the designer late in the presentation. As a CFDA-Vogue Fashion Fund Winner, Reid received $300,000 and the invaluable support of Wintour and her circle.

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Katherine Boyle reports on arts, museums and culture for the Style section.

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