Feb 18, 2015

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NY Fashion Week: Football Takes Over the Catwalk

It has been a busy month for New York, indeed. The NBA All-Star celebration has just concluded and the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live has just wrapped up. And now, the city still has Fashion Week and boy, were fashion lovers in for a treat.

The event has already made headlines thanks to Kimye’s baby throwing a tantrum at her dads fashion show. In more heartwarming news, the event also saw the first model with Down syndrome walk the catwalk.


Also making history is the Hilfiger brand as it celebrates its 30th anniversary. And how better to celebrate than with the two themes that its designer Tommy Hilfiger loves – America and sportswear.

The resulting show saw the Park Avenue Armory transformed into a football field. There was yardage and an end zone. Instead of a dressing room, the models were seen leaving the “Locker Room.” Rather than walk on a runway, the models strutted their stuff on an artificial pitch.

Of course, with football being them of it all, the models were all dressed in football wear – the whimsical version to be exact. Take this for instance: instead of football cleats, models wore lace-up platform ankle boots that looked like football cleats.

The Hilfiger label was trying to channel a so-called “American Love Story inspired by Ali MacGraw.” The dominant colors out on the “runway” were burgundy and navy. Other items on display included capes, duffel coats and colorful sweatshirts that bore the number 30 – to mark the 30th anniversary of the brand.

Of course, a football theme wouldn’t be complete without the presence of the football jacket, but this time, the fluffy and furry variety. True to sports, varsity-type sweaters and bags with football appliques were on full display as well.


What would sports be without cheerleaders too, right? The Hilfiger show showed models wearing skirts and dresses with pleats reminiscent of the skirts of cheerleaders. These items were done in casual fabrics as well as dressier kinds such as chiffon or velvet.

In the end, the designer showed up carrying a football helmet.

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