Five of our favorite fashion visionaries explain the ideas behind their new fall lines, why they wear what they wear, and what they've learned about living well.
Tommy Hilfiger founded his company in 1984 and saw it break big as the official clothier of hip-hop's nineties boom. Thirty years later, the upstate New York native has taken to mining the past for glitz, pillaging rakish U.K. finery for ideas, and cribbing from his latest muse: Jay Gatsby. The designer divides his time between New York and Miami, cities where he and his wife can chase down the contemporary art they collect: "I'm on a Miami kick right now. I hadn't been in a while, but we went to Art Basel and wound up buying a house."
Don't Call It a Man Purse
"I treat my jacket like it's my briefcase. I'll have sunglasses, a handkerchief, a pen, a wallet, a cell all in there. We put ticket pockets on many of our suit jackets, because they can hold keys, any kind of change – and we put a cell phone pocket inside every jacket we make now, too."
"I love English patterns. They're all over my fall line, mixed together in different scales – herringbone, houndstooth, glen plaid. I like to see them exaggerated and blown up or really miniaturized. They've been around for years, but I wanted to change them and make them fresh."
Credit: Photograph by Joshua Jordan
"You used to have to put away whites after Labor Day – now it's just about whatever looks good and is comfortable, year-round. For fall we made an off-white suit in 7.5-ounce tropical wool. You can wear the jacket with dark trousers or the white trousers with a navy blazer, or wear a black bow tie with the whole thing and go formal."