Prabal Gurung, Billy Reid and More Create Trenches for Tommy Hilfiger

Trench Coats

Photos courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger

Trenches by Creatures of the Wind, Ohne Titel, and Prabal Gurung


The beginning of Paris Fashion Week means the best and brightest French talent will be on show on runways city-wide—but don’t count out that American talent.

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund’s Americans in Paris initiative is in its second season, with Albertus Swanepoel, Billy Reid, Creatures of the Wind, Gregory Parkinson, Monique Péan, Ohne Titel, Pamela Love, Prabal Gurung, and Simon Spurr all participating in the project.

This season, though, the American-based designers have another project to promote the initative: each will created a limited-edition trench coat in partnership with Tommy Hilfiger, a sponsor of Americans in Paris.

“I am proud to support the second season of Americans in Paris,” said Hilfiger in a statement. “My own experience at the beginning of my career inspired my commitment to mentor young designers. I know firsthand how difficult it can be to enter the fashion industry and I believe designers benefit from supporting and inspiring one another.”

Trench Coats

Photos courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger

Trenches by George Esquivel, Billy Reid, and Monique Pean

Each designer will present their unique take on a Hilfiger trench: Gurung’s, for example, is is trimmed in a hand-stenciled black lace print, Ohne Titel’s is dyed black and studded, Monique Péan reimagined her trench as a cape, and shoe designer George Esquivel’s comes with a leather belt and pouch.

The trenches will be sold for $298 each in Tommy Hilfiger stores in New York and Paris and on www.tommy.com. 100% of the net proceeds will be donated to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

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