New York’s High Line was the inspired outdoor setting for the Spring Summer 13 Hilfiger show, the sun disappearing into the Hudson River as guests took their seats.

The theme of the show echoed this: an idea of nautical journeys, idealised of course but no less convincing. In fact this was the most impressive Hilfiger show for some seasons.

Stripes were the thing – worked in a kind of rope print in navy, red and white. There were silk shirtdresses in all-over pattern and slouchy canvas pants with side detailing but the key pieces were leather: a Breton top and zip-up hooded jacket in thin navy stripes or a T-shirt dress with broad bands decorating it from neck to knee.

Also worthy of note was the distressed denim – starting to look like a trend, even this early in the season - in patchwork boy shorts and tattered boyfriend jeans, always teamed with silk shirts and blazers.

Though it’s a wardrobe for the off-duty Hampton dweller – not many of us, let’s face it – Hilfiger made an evocative, seductive statement. It’s easy to be swept away.

 
 
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