Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2011 Review

Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2011 runway

Photos: Imaxtree

Looks from the Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2011 collection.

SHOW: Tommy Hilfiger (See the full runway collection)

THEME: Bohemian prep

ACCESSORIES: Gray herringbone floppy hats, distressed muted-gray weekender totes, multicolor pocket squares

FRONT ROW: Jen Brill, Rosario Dawson, Petra Nemcova, Wyclef Jean, Anna Wintour

HAIR: Eugene Souleiman

MAKE UP: Diane Kendal for M.A.C.

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: The collection captures the heroines of pop culture past.

There will always be a preppy element to Tommy Hilfiger's collections, but this season he upped the luxe ante and strayed slightly from his boarding school roots.

To shake things up, Hilfiger implemented a more boho vibe, as noted in the official inspiration. Hints of Annie Hall and Mary Tyler Moore crept in but didn't overwhelm. Hilfiger borrowed from the boys this time around, as evidenced by the heritage menswear patterns and designs in slightly gender-bending silhouettes. But he still gave the girls what they have come to covet: feminine fabrication.

Luxe latex-looking leather trenches with a tightly belted waist were standouts, as was the minimal display of patterns seen in the pajama pantsuits (too many viewings of the PajamaJeans infomercial?).

With a strong color palette of husky burnt reds, raw grays, and stark blacks, the influences here seem to also date back to the days of Dick Tracy (well, Madonna's version of Dick Tracy, at least). And it was the last few closing looks that summed up Hilfiger's vision to a tee.

Jourdan Dunn's bohemian multitier Woodstock gray dress channeled the epitome of his mission: a minor shift in direction—large enough to draw in a new audience, small enough to not alienate his core clientele. Smart move.