TOMMYNOW traveled back to New York Fashion Week to premiere the second TommyXZendaya collection co-designed by Tommy Hilfiger and American actress Zendaya. It was a celebration of empowering fashion and individuality, of confidence and diversity, hosted at Harlem’s iconic Apollo Theater where the spirit of music legends and top entertainers can be felt in every corner.
Era-defining ’70s and ‘80s power dressing is redefined with a bold and modern edge. Sartorial tailoring and scarf dressing stand out with sophisticated constellation and sleek animal motifs. Signature houndstooth and polka dot prints in unexpected proportions bring a unique play to maxi skirts and wrap dresses. Warm burgundy hues mix with metallics and monochrome palettes for a fresh edge. Luxurious fabrics bring the collection together, from creamy leathers and faux furs, to rich velvets and premium denim.
Fall 2019 celebrates icons of the past with a contemporary twist to create a collection for tomorrow. With powerful, inspirational women at its heart, timeless silhouettes are reinvented for a new era.
Inspired by ’70s uptown New York, the inclusive cast continued to celebrate and proudly portray models with a huge diversity of background, size, age, gender expression and ethnicity.
The cast of models included Winnie Harlow, Yasmin Wijnaldum and Sara Sampaio, who between them have been part of the Tommy Hilfiger shows and brand story for 10 years. They were joined by Ashley Graham, Candice Swanepoel, Alek Wek, Soojoo Park, Halima Aden, Leomie Anderson, Yasmin Warsame and a new wave of talent including Aaliyah Hydes, Abby Champion, Babacar N’Doye, and Indira Scott.
TOMMYNOW STARRING TOMMYXZENDAYA
Over 9,00 guests, including press, buyers, VIPs, industry influencers and consumers, were invited to enjoy the high-energy show and unexpected fashion experiences at the Apollo. As the Apollo Theater’s iconic marquee came to life, guests were welcomed into the world of TOMMYNOW Starring TommyXZendaya through an immersive tunnel that brought to life the history of the Apollo Theater. The installation featured digital content and photos curated by Nichelle Gainer, cultural historian and author of Vintage Black Glamour, which celebrated Harlem’s iconic music scene, from the ‘30s to the ‘80s.
Guests emerged onto the outdoor runway show space, set around the Apollo’s brick exterior. Infused with a cinematic, ‘70s Harlem twist, classic American cars, burgundy velvet couches and wooden chairs were illuminated with vintage spotlights, all reminiscent of that era. At the merch stand, fans shopped the festival-inspired TommyXApolloXZendaya T-shirts designed exclusively for TOMMYNOW, with all proceeds donated to the Apollo. As models took to the runway, the ‘70s and early ‘80s funk music mix was elevated with live performances by more than 20 artists from Vy Higginsen’s Harlem-based performance training center, the Mama Foundation for the Arts.
Building on Tommy Hilfiger’s commitment to offer unique retail experiences, fans browsed and shopped the TommyXZendaya collection – ahead of its runway debut – at the TommyXZendaya experience bus located outside the Apollo. Local artists hand sketched guests in their best power poses, and visitors could also be edited into the Fall 2019 TommyXZendaya campaign. The bus will stop in Soho at the Win Lot at East Houston and Lafayette Street on Friday, September 13th and Saturday, September 14th for consumers to shop and experience the collection. The bus design celebrates the seasonal collection inspiration, with the interior and exterior featuring warm burgundy tones, the “TZH” monogram logo and snake-skin inspired print.
The TOMMYXZENDAYA Capsule Collection is available from Tommy Hilfiger, Valletta