Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton Bring The Party To London Fashion Week

Naomi Campbell, Halima Aden and Yasmin Le Bon all walked.

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by Laura Antonia Jordan |
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Tommy Hilfiger brought the party to London Fashion Week last night when he brought his latest star-studded TommyNow extravaganza to Tate Modern.

‘I love London,’ Tommy told Grazia this week in his London HQ. ‘It’s an amazing city. I’ve always loved it, since 1975 when I first came here. There’s a lot of energy here: the fashion scene, the music scene, the arts scene, the restaurants, the shopping’. (He always swings by Sloane Street, Bond Street and Harrods when in the capital). ‘More than anything else I just love to see what everyone else is doing’.

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TommyNow ©Tommy Hilfiger

The London pitstop was the latest in his travelling TommyNow roadshow (last season he was in Harlem for the Zendaya collaboration; he was last in the capital for a show at the Roundhouse in 2018, for which he joined forces with Gigi Hadid). ‘We’re out on a world tour, it doesn’t hurt to come back to London,’ he explained.

Unsurprisingly, he put on one hell of a show. ‘You’re going to see an inclusive show with an amazing cast,’ Tommy promised yesterday (a mission he’s been on since 1969, when he opened his People’s Place shops, he points out: ‘it’s always been that way to me… It was about being for the people’). He didn’t disappoint. Naomi Campbell, Winne Harlow, Karen Elson, Alessandra Ambrosio and former Grazia cover star Halima Aden all walked; as did Lottie Moss, Pixie Geldof and Lennon Gallagher. The show took in unisex pieces from the ‘three-way collaboration’ between Tommy, Lewis Hamilton, and musician H.E.R. as well as designs from the Tommy Hilfiger mainline. Street-inspired mood with lashings of neon gave way to Tommy’s signature preppy Americana.

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TommyNow ©Tommy Hilfiger

The TommyNow show comes at a time when the industry is questioning whether we really need catwalk shows at all. This might have been an all-singing, all-dancing (there was a choir performing hip-hop tunes) joyous two-fingers up to that notion – but that’s not to say the man himself doesn’t think shows have to evolve with the times. ‘It has to be disruptive, interesting, exciting. Fashion shows, as we knew them, are a thing of the past. Sitting in an audience just watching models walk back and forth is a bit boring, even if the clothes are nice. I really believe the experience has to be new and fresh’.

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Erin O'Connor at Halima Aden backstage at TommyNow ©Tommy Hilfiger

While throwing a party of such epic proportions might stress most of us out, Tommy is well versed in fashion week survival tactics. ‘Try to get some rest. Not too much caffeine. Stay calm, know that that any obstacles will be overcome,’ he says. And how about the post-show decompression? ‘A glass of champagne’. Cheers to that.

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