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Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 14
Tommy Hilfiger orange cut-out scuba suit, burgundy and orange parka, orange tote. Photo courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 19
Tommy Hilfiger heather/gray barracuda sweatshirt, aqua carpenter pants, green suede peep toe slip-on. Photo courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger, spring 2014 collection
Models pose in Tommy Hilfiger togs from the spring/summer 2014 collection. Photo courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 43
Tommy HIlfiger navy Hawaiian bowling shirt leather dress and light pink/navy hightop. Photo courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 30
Tommy Hilfiger red silk basketball dress, green/blue hightop. Photo courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 01
Tommy Hilfiger opened his show with a salmon/beige leather polo dress with pink/blue flat sandal. Photo courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 11-1
Tommy Hilfiger red/burgundy ribbed chunky knit sweater, burgundy pants (with odd fold-down at the waist) and pink/blue strap heel. Photo courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 39
Tommy Hilfiger olive surplus jumpsuit, orange duffel, purple suede Hawaiian hightop. Photo courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 36
Tommy HIlfiger teal/navy two-piece swimsuit, teal purple backpack, pink/green flat sandal. Photo courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 27
Tommy Hilfiger chambray baseball jacket, aqua zip-up scuba suit, patchwork chambray shorts, pink suede slip-on. Photo courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 15
Tommy Hilfiger orange/burgundy nylon bomber jacket, orange stripe knit top, orange silk shorts and orange suede peep toe slip-on. Photo courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 09
Tommy Hilfiger burgundy knit polo, creme/beige leather scuba skirt, orange/red backpack. Photo courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 07
Tommy Hilfiger short sleeve blue scuba knit top, navy neoprene skirt, teal/purple clutch, aqua/blue outdoor heel. Photo courtesy of Tommy Hilfiger
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 14
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 19
Tommy Hilfiger, spring 2014 collection
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 43
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 30
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 01
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 11-1
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 39
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 36
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 27
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 15
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 09
Fashion Week spring summer 2014 Tommy Hilfiger Look 07

NEW YORK — Tommy Hilfiger loves California so much that he decided to replicate the Golden State in the heart of Manhattan. The designer, who oversees a worldwide fashion empire, brought in truckloads of white sand to create a beach with surfboards planted in dunes and a boardwalk-turned-runway for a colorful show that had a Beach Boys vibe and a beach babes spirit.

"We have editors, buyers, and people who come from all around the world. We want them to come to New York, which is our real home, and put on a show for them, not just a runway presentation. A show adds a lot of ambiance to the whole collection. The models and styling are important, but the background and scenery are equally important," Hilfiger told The Daily Front Row.

 Hilfiger brought in truckloads of white sand to create a beach with surfboards planted in dunes and a boardwalk-turned-runway for a colorful show that had a Beach Boys vibe and a beach babes spirit. 

(He isn't kidding about the worldwide thing. The Hilfiger digital press kit comes in six languages — Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and English.)

All that sand made a great showcase for a sun-kissed collection, although it was a bit humorous to watch the queen bee fashion editors in sky high stilettos wobble in the sand as they made their way to bleacher seats on each side of the "beach."

Hilfiger opened the show with nifty dresses, skirts, blouses and jackets made of neoprene and neoprene-bonded leather in shades of burgundy, beige and blue. One-piece "scuba" swimsuits featured cutouts on the side and, in a more demure version, contrasting fabric where a cut-out should be.

Skin-tight "scuba' pants in two-tone stretch fabric exuded athletic sex appeal but leather shorts and pants folded down at the waist to look like someone left the fly open were borderline trashy

Just about everything else in the collection — silk double breasted jackets in aqua and orange, a mini-dress that resembles a basketball jersey wore with two-tone leather hightops, silk tuxedo track pants with contrasting stripe down the side, Hawaiian silk bowling shirts and bustiers — had a carefree endless summer feeling and lots of good vibrations.

At the end of the show, it was strangely silent in the cavernous hall near the Hudson river. The Voguettes — Anna Wintour and her underlings — were about the only ones applauding. Then it hit me why. Just about everyone else had their smartphones out to capture the perfect beach scene.

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