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By Kendria Smith

It is amazing that after all these years Tommy Hilfiger can still recreate the very essence of all-American elegance season after season, making it seem as effortless as a walk in the park. But that’s exactly what it felt like as he revealed his latest womenswear collection on the Upper East Side’s Park Avenue Armory. The fashion elite and loyal patrons eagerly awaited the show as they rested on park benches. The scene could best be described as a snap shot taken right from the promenade on a crisp fall evening in Central Park.

The collection entitled “Town and Country” was inspired by today’s sophisticated woman who confidently transitions from hunt club prep to Park Avenue polished. Models with fresh faces and sleek ponytails graced the runway in equestrian-chic garb with a military flair enhanced with warm colors of the season.

Diane Kendal, lead makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics, kept faces simple and classic with clean eyes and rosy cheeks by first applying MAC’s Studio Moisture Cream and Studio Finish Concealer. Cremeblend Blush in the shade Ladyblush was added to the cheeks, lips were coated with clear Lip Conditioner, and the look was finished with a brush of Cakeblend Powder to the T-Zone.

Hairstylist Eugene Souleiman attempted his own twist on the “classic American beauty meets equestrian queen” by replicating well-groomed horsetails in the form of long, lustrous ponytails. To create this simple look, Souleiman first applied the Velvet Amplifier hydrating serum by Wella Professionals for manageability and a dollop of Natural Volume Styling Mousse for hold. After blowing the hair straight, it was parted in the middle, brushed back, tied into a low ponytail, and flat-ironed in sections for a smooth finish.

Hilfiger brings a dose of modern femininity to balance out the traditional masculine silhouettes that are common in sporting apparel. A versatile line of double-breasted trenches and pea coats, button-down shirts and riding pants blend seamlessly with silk dresses and leather split-front skirts, assuring that many will be in the hunt for these key pieces this fall.

Originally published February 2012
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