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.
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.