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Tommy Hilfiger menswear: Back to college with preppy, sporty presentation

Sep 08, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT
Designer Tommy Hilfiger works with models wearing two designs from his Spring 2013 collection, in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. Spring styles make their debut on catwalks around New York for eight days, starting Thursday. New York kicks off the seasonal previews for editors, stylists and retailers, who will later head to London, Milan and Paris. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — Tommy Hilfiger wants men to put some prep in their step this season with his varsity-inspired collection, fit for an afternoon cricket match or a leisurely day on the yacht.

For his spring 2013 men's presentation Friday, Hilfiger invited guests into what he called his "prep club" — transforming the swanky rooftop bar at The Maritime Hotel into a collegiate sporting club.

Seersucker blazers and shorts in Hilfiger's signature red, white and blue were adorned with college emblems and gold insignia buttons. Slim-fitted suits were paired with crisp, button-down shirts or V-neck cashmere sweaters.

And there were stripes— lots and lots of stripes.

"We think that stripes are really going to be the rule of the spring/summer for men," Hilfiger said before the show.

From matching head-to-toe patterns to a single, bold racing stripe on a suede jacket, vertical and horizontal lines permeated the collection inspired by Hilfiger's style icons: James Dean, Paul Newman and the Kennedys.

Gold-medalist swimmer Nathan Adrian sat front row alongside Joshua Bowman and Gabriel Mann, stars of ABC's "Revenge."

"I've been wearing Tommy since high school and it's just so sharp," said Mann. "I think that's my favorite style actually: prep with edge."

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