Hil­figer, Zen­daya host ’70s Har­lem party

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NEW YORK — Tommy Hil­figer never shies away from spec­ta­cle when it comes to his run­way shows, and his re­turn to New York Fashion Week af­ter sev­eral years was no ex­cep­tion.

For his lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion with ac­tress-singer Zen­daya, Hil­figer brought the fashion world up­town to the Apollo Theater in Har­lem — ac­tu­ally, to a street just out­side the theater, where the de­signer set up a stage filled with mu­si­cians and dancers to cel­e­brate Har­lem-in­spired fash­ions of the late ’70s/ early ’80s.

Mod­els sashayed down the run­way in pantsuits fea­tur­ing tai­lored jack­ets and high-waisted, wide-legged trousers in hound­stooth prints or polka dots or an­i­mal prints. There were tweed wrap coats with big belts, ac­com­pa­nied by page­boy caps. Accessorie­s in­cluded lots of chunky plat­form shoes, scarves and big, wide-brimmed hats.

Hil­figer said he chose Zen­daya as a col­lab­o­ra­tor for what he sees as her in­trin­sic sense of style.

“I just thought If I could get a lit­tle eye­drop­per of that sense of style brought into my com­pany, we’d be cool,” Hil­figer said. “And she gave me more than an eye­drop­per, she turned on the faucet.”

Zen­daya said she and her de­sign team were given a lot of lee­way.

“He just let me do what­ever I wanted to, which was great,” she said. “He told me I could be as cre­ative as I wanted.”

Hil­figer said the col­lab­o­ra­tion brought his com­pany a new di­men­sion: “This is a rein­ven­tion for us, be­cause it took us to an­other area of fashion that we’ve never been into,” he said.

— As­so­ci­ated Press

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