Tommy Hilfiger SS2016 Menswear Collection themed <The Good Life> is inspired by the adventurous spirit of an island-hopping holiday. The signature look combines laidback island ease with a sophisticated touch, as nautical and exotic influences mix with sun-washed palettes, athletic accents, textured fabrics and military details. Styles are inspired by the work of iconic photographer Slim Aarons, known for his images of celebrities vacationing in glamorous retreats around the world. SS2016 is a celebration of the eternal island vacation.
The journey begins in Honolulu, the once remote island destination that’s transformed into a bustling urban isle. Tropics meet city, and city-sailor inspirations are evident throughout: Breton stripes appear in blazers, while nautical tech influences are seen in dry fit fabrics and heavyweight knits that play with texture. The season’s must-have jersey shirt can be effortlessly paired with the new denim chino or dark denim styles, and the new Oxford shirt features modern color-blocking and engineered stripes, while architectural mini patterns add a fresh edge. Meanwhile, a dedicated sports capsule adds an athletic touch to the collection.
The next stop on the tour is Havana, the cinematic isle where vintage ‘50s style is given a crisp, clean, modern twist for today. A chino story takes center stage with pleats, exaggerated twill structures, and hemlines that are cropped, tapered and rolled. The sophisticated polo is revisited in garment dye finishes, and Latin influences are seen in Cuban-style shirts, floral prints, and two-tone cotton-twill shirting. Iconic American details like varsity stripes, seersucker and gingham are fused with an unexpected palette of black, white and olive with pops of blazing yellow. For easy daytime dressing, sun-faded shorts pair with clean blazers or nylon jackets.
The adventure ends in Martha’s Vineyard, the all-American rural isle off the coast of Cape Cod. Rustic and natural, the style is relaxed with plenty of texture and hand-crafted details. Shorts are the must-have in prints, linens, reversible denim, mixed textures and drawstring wovens. The white-on-white shirt story makes a key statement along with washed linen blouses. Taking cue from the Atlantic coastline, pops of blue are found in indigo, denim and chambray, while watery stripes, woodblock prints and graphic color-blocking also appear throughout. The signature style pays homage to the summer fisherman with a clean, sophisticated twist.