NEW YORK (AFP) - It was Rock-and-Roll festival chic on the New York catwalk for Tommy Hilfiger trailblazed by British muse Georgia May Jagger on Monday while Carolina Herrera epitomized timeless elegance.
The daughter of Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger and Texan model Jerry Hall, Georgia May was the perfect progeny for the blend of rock and Americana, storming down the runway with her trademark pout.
"She's not only a model but she's a humanitarian and an incredible young woman," Hilfiger said in a pre-show interview when asked why Jagger, 22, was the woman who most inspired him.
Hilfiger once again selected the preppy grandeur of the Armory on Park Avenue to showcase his look for spring/summer 2015, transforming its central hall into a 1970s rock festival fantasy.
There was a giant stage where two drummers performed a high-energy crashing set as models paraded down a runway of green astroturf, bordered with silk gerberas and carnations. In the centre, blue, purple, yellow flowers were fashioned into American stars and fairy lights were strung from the ceiling, recreating a make-believe, nostalgic festival gig.
The theme even extended to the invitations, crafted in the form of vinyls, the seat number poking through the record sleeve. Jagger led the show on day five of New York Fashion Week, dressed in a burgundy regimental stripe sateen cape, matching shorts, a gold mesh tank and red metallic leather boots.
Kendall Jenner, model of the moment and half sister of reality star Kim Kardashian, also played a starring role, decked out in a burgundy tattoo/star bikini and gold metallic star boots. She closed the show in a floaty, barely-there chiffon navy dress embellished with white and red stars and matching capes.
Stars and stripes, true Americana, were a major theme. There was sharp tailored shorts and trousers, paid with waistcoats and jackets, with brass buttons and metallic collars. There was patchwork denim, seersucker skinny trousers, a plethora of flat caps. There were cute suede mini dresses with cut-out stars at the bottom, paired with ankle platform boots.
Hilfiger said rock music was in his DNA and that he wanted to bring rock-star chic to the consumer, having been inspired by music and musicians since starting out as a teenager in 1969.
"For many years we've been collaborating with people like Lenny Kravitz, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones," he said. "I wanted to show the public what it would be like to develop a collection of rock star clothing that people could actually wear."
Across town it was a very different look from Venezuelan-born Carolina Herrera, who has been celebrated for timeless elegance spanning generations since launching her label in 1981. She said in a pre-show interview that the inspiration for her spring/summer 2015 came from "the colour code of the flower."
But the surprise was her use of a new fabric, which she called "techno fabric" or "techno pique."
"It is a fabric that you usually use more or less for scuba diving, but you mix it, in a modern way," Herrera said. "It's fascinating to work with it, because it molds in such a way and make the woman very seductive and feminine."
The fabric was put to use in a white skirt suit with softly rounded shoulders, a sunglow strapless gown, a dress with white organza inserts and a suit with three-quarter length sleeves.
Last week Herrera was given the 2014 Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion given out by the museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology during a star-studded luncheon.
"It is a great honour for me to be recognised, after all these years," she said.
She laughs when asked the secret of her success over so many years despite the fickle world of fast-changing trends. "My secret is that the women for whom I design like the clothes, they like the collections."
She said elegance is down to what women wear. "It is a combination of many things." For example: "The way you move and the way you choose your clothes to wear."
Her advice to young designers was to be passionate about their work. "Because it is not only the glamor, that they see at the shows. It is a lot of work, and you have to put your heart and your instincts."