Tommy Hilfiger is no stranger to a large-scale fashion show production. Let’s see, he’s rebuilt a ski resort in the past, a Californian beach scene and an American football field. This season he rebuilt Mustique, the private Caribbean island where he has a home and where he holidayed this summer, like every summer (before renting the home to Robbie Williams the week after).
Among palm trees, a painted sunset, tons of sand, and a fisherman’s boat floating on the water – he even flew in Basil, of Mustique’s Basil’s Bar to sit in his bamboo replica pop-up – models made their way over the boardwalk in an array of Ragga style. From red, gold and green crochet dresses and string bikinis to retro suede tracksuits, the sort that look like they might be inspired by photographs of Bob Marley.
It was a collection of island-ready pieces that would also translate to cityscapes, not least, those colourful stripy separates with whip-stitched seams, and sporty, tropical floral-printed dresses, which took their cue from textile artist Josef Frank.
There were Hilfiger house signatures here too, albeit reworked with a Caribbean flavour, like his prized polo tops rejigged in netted mesh, and Oxford shirts that came personalised. Hilfiger also nodded to the eccentric Brits visiting the island during the Seventies via jacquard suiting and silk kaftans.