With Paris Fashion Week just coming to a close, we’re still digesting all the wonderful things we were lucky to see this week. A definite highlight, and certainly the most extravagant, was certainly by the American Mr. Hilfiger, who invited over 1300 of his best friends to the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées for a sparkled celebration of America, in collaboration with his newest brand ambassador, Zendaya. Let’s recount it one step at a time to make sure we’re not forgetting anything. The event itself marked the launch of TommyXZendaya, the first buy-now-see-now collaborative collection between Tommy Hilfiger and the American signer and actress Zendaya, known for her stunning looks and humorous demeanor. With over 54 million followers on Instagram, it’s fair to say that Z is a real millenial star – and as a woman of color, she’s a clever investment by the American mass retailer. The show itself was also a complete Americanism, taking inspiration by the house’s own historic 1973 Battle of Versailles show, updated with a whole portfolio of new supermodels who offered dusty Paris a bit of sparkly American sportswear.
Over 1,350 guests – including press, buyers, VIPs, industry influencers and Parisian consumers – were invited to revel in Planet Hilgifer at the historic Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, which had been transformed to a veritable parallel universe of ‘70s disco, with unexpected retro arcade games including Pac-Man and Space Invaders spread across the venue. ‘70s club music led audiences into the main hall, where over 70 roller skaters took over the illuminated disco dancefloor-inspired runway for a dynamic performance that brought the show into full swing.
And then, the supers. Iconic supermodels from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s suddenly took to the catwalk, fully immersing consumers watching from the stage-side standing areas like some kind of concert. Pat Cleveland, the world’s first black supermodel who also walked the original 1973 Battle of Versailles runway, Beverly Johnson, the first African-American supermodel to appear on the cover of U.S. Vogue, as well as supermodel and actress Beverly Peele, who has featured on over 250 fashion magazine covers. Veronica Webb, the first African American to sign a major cosmetics contract with Revlon, also took to the catwalk, in addition to ‘90s supermodels Debra Shaw and Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin, and supermodel and Vogue cover star Brandi Quinones. This super squad was joined by today’s biggest model talents, including heavy weights Jourdan Dunn and Winnie Harlow as well as younger faces Anita Marshall, Thais Borges and Carissa Pinkston. The collection itself comprised hand-drawn zodiac prints and precisely tailored suiting that brought menswear silhouettes into the contemporary female wardrobe.
And if that wasn’t enough, the show closed with a very special appearance: Grace Jones, age 70, skipping down the runway looking better than ever. It was American fashion at its most lavish. We’re still recovering, but make sure to enjoy the photos here.