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Last night’s Tommy Hilfiger runway show marked the last ever to be held in the beloved tents of Bryant Park.  It was a packed house, as hundreds of invited guests slowly took their seats.

Seated front row were American Elle’s Editor-in-Chief, Robbie Myers and Creative Director, Joe Zee. Several chairs down the line appeared Vogue’s legendary editor, Anna Wintour, who sat arms-crossed and unsuccessfully disguised under a pair of large sunglasses.   Among celebrity attendees were Ashley Olsen, Russell Simmons, Rosario Dawson, and Hayden Panettiere.

After a week filled with futuristic, jaw dropping fashions, it was refreshing to come back down to earth and into the present.  Hilfiger delivered a new collection that is both true to his American Dream inspiration and wearable to a large clientele.  Models walked to the beat of popular music, including a mix of Taylor Swift’s “Love Story.”

Classic red, white, and blue garments graced the runway with style and ease.  Hilfiger always manages to achieve a variety of looks that connect to his overall theme.  He paired traditional cardigans, cable knits, and plaid coats in green, navy and khaki with more uptown-looking garments and accessories.

My favorite look was a fitted red sweater paired with a long, loose black and white checkered skirt, and held together with a leather belt.  A dark sparkly blazer and thigh-high boots introduced a bit of sass to the collection.  The simple, yet impeccable tailored skirts and jackets create a feminine-masculinity that has become expected in Hilfiger’s clothes.

While most looks for the Fall/Winter 2010 season veer towards the preppy side, one can achieve a more downtown style by mixing and matching separates.  This is just one reason why the Hilfiger brand has maintained success over the years.  One can be the “it girl,” or just “the girl next door.”

The evening concluded with the designer taking the stage and embracing the future.  “It’s bittersweet” said Hilfiger, “but it’s onward and upward to Lincoln Center.”  Let’s hope this new location  will prove to be half as magical as the tents have been for the past eighteen years.

–  Megan Eileen McDonough

Photos via Style.com.

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