Tommy Hilfiger’s new Tommy line gives preppy a quirky twist

By Christina Reynolds and Phoenix Tarampi

Christina: Models wearing layers of faux fur vests, woolly boyfriend sweaters and oversized toques braved last night’s sweltering summer heat to show off Tommy Hilfiger’s new Tommy collection at a launch party at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. While most of the models were mercifully standing beneath a/c vents or near strategically placed fans, guests, such as myself, were sweating it in light summer dresses as the party room filled up.
Despite the heat, the cool cold weather clothes made it easy to get excited about the new “eclectic preppy” collection, which is exclusive to Canada (it will be available in October at two Tommy stores in Toronto, one in Edmonton, and at 14 existing Tommy Hilfiger stores across the country). The ELLE crew loved the collection’s relaxed, vintage look that included bright pops of colour (a thick grey scarf with chartreuse pockets), touches of subtle sparkle (navy sequin tap shorts), updated nauticals (cropped melton wool peacoats), and distressed motorcycle boots in soft browns. We also loved the chunky necklaces and other accessories dangling from antlers, reindeer heads and other stuffed wildlife that adorned the room. After mingling a little while longer, those of us who couldn’t take the heat headed for home…while others partied on…