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Tommy Hilfiger Womenswear S/S12

Pop Art was the main inspiration for the American designer who presented a colourful show underpinned with checks and stripes alongside chunky cable knits

Following the same Pop Art theme as his menswear show, Tommy Hilfiger brought out a colourful and loud Spring Summer collection on Sunday evening. There might always be a a prep foundation in his shows, but it was less evident this time around. Instead we saw check dresses, stripy and chunky cable knits, mackintosh coats and shirt dresses in powerful tones; wine red, mustard yellow, baby pink all made a strong impression on a crowded and excited Lincoln Center. Generally there was a great deal of fun-tastic outerwear. M65-styled jackets, leather biker jackets and denim blazers formed the spine of the collection. The other, a bit more edgy, elements were without a doubt Hilfiger's take on camouflage swimwear, a tuxedo play-suit and a colour blocked poncho in purple, red and yellow. The truth of the matter is that there is rarely a boring and quiet moment in a Hilfiger show. That sentiment was very evident and appropriate on this day, the 11th of September, 2011. The colours and inspiration might have come from the likes of Warhol, Basquiat, Hering and Rothko, but message was one of life, joy and love.