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Tracy Reese and Tommy Hilfiger: The queen of color and king of American prep

The Spring 2012 collection of Tracy Reese is modeled Sept. 11 during Fashion Week in New York. (Bebeto Matthews/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

More from Tracy Reese at Fashion Week. (Bebeto Matthews/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Tommy Hilfiger showed his patriotic spirit by leaving a note on each seat in the audience that the company supports children and widows of policemen and firemen who perished on 9/11.

The designer stuck to his preppy roots, showing canvas slickers with leather collars, silk candy-stripe shirtwaist dresses and camp shirts and slacks. A rose and blue tuxedo-front jumpsuit looked deceptively easy to wear. More hits were a pink, green and merlot one-shoulder color-block bathing suit and a blue, pink, white and olive patchwork cotton poncho over a yellow-striped bikini bottom.

A model walks the runway at the Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. (Peter Michael Dills/GETTY IMAGES FOR MERCEDES-BENZ F)

High-heeled penny loafers and structured clutches were coordinated to match all the outfits. We think a certain duchess might be a target customer.

Tommy Hilfiger is modeled during Fashion Week. (Stephen Chernin/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The design team of Timo Weiland and Alan Eckstein has a devoted young following who were out last night to celebrate the brand’s first runway show. The two are known for their pops of color and custom prints for men and women. Aqua beach stripe bombers and jackets for both sexes appealed, pleated shorts in sweatpant stripe amused, but cocktail dresses and skirts in beach bandanna brown were downright dull.

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