The Betty Draper School Of Ladies’ Dressage, Courtesy Of Tommy Hilfiger

The saying goes that if you build it, they will come. So Tommy Hilfiger, that old stalwart of American design, built a park in the middle of New York City for his fall 2012 runway presentation. And celebrities and editors and fashion lovers alike all came in droves to see it.

Of course we should have known when we saw the park (complete with trees, gravel walkways, benches and a gate with the letters TH in wrought iron) that the collection would be sporty, but only in the most genteel ways possible — a convenient coincidence since we attended the show with Glenn Davis, an editor at our sister site SportsGrid (but that’s another post). Everyone from actresses Uma Thurman and Elisa Sednaoui and editors Anna Wintour and Glenda Bailey came out to see the show, too, and what a show it was. A lot of the looks read more like very chic horseback riding costumes (plaid wool equestrian helmets and riding boots included) than stuff you could go to work in. But easy dresses made out of what look like vintage Hermes scarf prints and plenty of military inspired coats more than made up for it. And so did skirts made of alternating panels of leather and quilted suede.

The looks that weren’t tailor made for The Betty Draper School Of Ladies’ Dressage were updated classics — but with enough modern bite to allow them to stand apart from the clothes that inspired them. And whether that bite was because of the minute details applied to the clothes, like brass buttons or leather shoulder seams, or because the clothes themselves were made out of things like patent leather or mohair printed with tartan, we’re not exactly sure. Maybe, like with all modern classics, it was a combination of both.

Take a look at the looks below, and check out Davis’s reaction to the show (his first time at fashion week) here.


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