Gigi Hadid ‘close to tears’ showing final Tommy Hilfiger collection

Gigi Hadid was close to tears as she walked in her final TommyxGigi show during Milan Fashion Week on Sunday (25Feb18).The in-demand model has been working with style stalwart Tommy Hilfiger since 2016, and on Sunday the design duo showcased their four…

Gigi Hadid was close to tears as she walked in her final TommyxGigi show during Milan Fashion Week on Sunday (25Feb18).

The in-demand model has been working with style stalwart Tommy Hilfiger since 2016, and on Sunday the design duo showcased their fourth and final collection.

Inspired by Tommy’s love for motorsports, the models, including Gigi, rocked sporty ensembles as they strutted their stuff.

“I walked into Tommy’s dressing room this morning, and we both had to kind of not talk about it, because you’d start tearing up,” Gigi said before the show, reports Cosmopolitan.

Titled Drive, the show was a homage to Tommy’s passion for racing cars, and also a nod to his partnership with Formula One team Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.

Gigi, who opened and closed the show, was joined on the runway by her sister Bella, Winnie Harlow, Hailey Baldwin and Joan Smalls.

And it wasn’t just girls that were involved, but menswear was also displayed too, with Jeremy Meeks and Lucky Blue Smith among the male models.

The front row was just as starry as the model line-up, and included Ruby Rose, Olivia Palermo and real-life F1 star Lewis Hamilton, who all took in the fall 2018 collection, which was filled with sporty crop tops, colour-block leather garments and chequered prints, reminiscent of racing flags.

Dolce & Gabbana also showed in Milan on Sunday, where designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana stuck to the opulent feminine glamour they’re known for.

Intent on chasing the millennial market, the Dolce & Gabbana show opened using drones, with a procession of eight aerial vehicles appearing, each carrying a handbag.

Baroque, velvet and sumptuous embroidery were the order of the day, with each model wearing heavily patterned outfits, teamed with over the top accessories.

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Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid take TommyNow Drive show to Milan

Tommy Hilfiger’s TommyNow Drive fashion show will close Milan Fashion Week.The American designer is fusing fashion with his love of motorsports in a runway extravaganza which will be held at the Milano Congressi in front of 2,000 guests. Tommy will sho…

Tommy Hilfiger’s TommyNow Drive fashion show will close Milan Fashion Week.

The American designer is fusing fashion with his love of motorsports in a runway extravaganza which will be held at the Milano Congressi in front of 2,000 guests.

Tommy will show the men’s and women’s Hilfiger collection as well as the fourth TommyxGigi capsule created with the American designer’s muse and collaborator Gigi Hadid.

Inspired by the 66-year-old designer’s passion for racing, TommyNow Drive is his first event following the brand’s multiyear partnership with Formula One World Champion Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.

Tommy, who has staged previous TommyNow shows in New York and Los Angeles, told WWD the show will continue the brand’s “innovative approach to the runway with new interactive elements that engage fans and immerse them in the world of Formula One”.

“This season’s set brings the runway and racetrack together. We’re fusing fashion and motor racing with exciting, innovative activations for an experiential event that will bring our consumer closer to the show.” he added.

The show will include immersive activations including the Bose Virtual Race Garage featuring QuietComfort 35 II Noise-Canceling Wireless Headphones, the F1 Race Simulator and F1 Pitstop Challenge, both courtesy of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport.

As with previous TommyNow shows, all runway looks will be immediately available in more than 70 countries, including the brand’s global wholesale network and own retail channels, Tommy.com, social media content, shoppable live-stream and chatbots.

Meanwhile his favourite collaborator Gigi, 22, has incorporated elements of Formula One into her fourth TommyxGigi collection and admits the sport inspired her to create garments for a “strong modern Tommy Girl”.

“Formula One is such an exciting sport, the atmosphere is electric at each race,” she smiled. “There is so much to be inspired by. I love the bold logos, racing stripes and athletic colourblocking on the track and uniforms.

“Tommy has always had a love for motorsports and the collection reflects that. We’ve combined Tommy’s passion for the sport with my personal twist on athleisure style. We were inspired by the strong, confident and modern ‘Tommy Girl’.”

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