Tommy Hilfiger's showcase in London celebrates tie-up with Gigi Hadid

US designer, Tommy Hilfiger speaks during an interview at the Tommy Hilfiger showroom in Knightsbridge, west London on Sept 18, 2017.
US designer, Tommy Hilfiger speaks during an interview at the Tommy Hilfiger showroom in Knightsbridge, west London on Sept 18, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Designer Tommy Hilfiger will present his first catwalk show outside the United States on Tuesday, closing London Fashion Week with a collection taking inspiration from the British music scene.

His Spring/Summer 2018 collection will bring a touch of sportswear chic to Fashion Week, closing the five-day event with a high-profile bang.

The 66-year-old American designer has picked the Roundhouse as a venue, an arts space known for concerts by legendary stars like Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and David Bowie.

The choice recalls Hilfiger's early experiences of seeking inspiration in the British capital.

"I started to come to London when I was a teen because I wanted to explore the whole lifestyle and I was obsessed with fashion. I wanted to see what was going on in London," he said.

He found flair in British bands of the period - naming the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Eric Clapton and Small Faces as influences.

It is this "heritage of British rock" that the designer will celebrate on Tuesday with a show created in collaboration with model Gigi Hadid.

"Gigi is very involved with designing the Gigi Tommy collection with us. So a lot of the ideas came from her style," he said, describing her taste as street, sport and fun.