Tommy x Gigi's final collaboration pays homage to the duo's love for speed

Spring/summer 2018

Text: Buro. Singapore

In occasion of her fourth co-collection with the designer, Gigi Hadid talks sports, driving lessons, and the learning curve of dabbling in design

It was in the second half of 2016 that Tommy Hilfiger and Gigi Hadid first revealed glimpses of their partnership. The synergy, palpable. Hilfiger — known for his themed runways and collections — and Hadid, her laidback athleisure sensibilities, sparked an initial release of mariner-inspired, casual garments.

Four co-collections later, the pair continue checking the same boxes. This time, Hilfiger and Hadid have turned out a motocross racing and speed inspired drop — in spirit of the designer's love for the sport and the model's fast-paced schedules — of which the spectrum of cropped, logo jumpers, zippered bodysuits, windbreakers, leather leggings and jackets, speak unabashedly of its inspiration.  

All looks have been since been released (above), but the final hurrah is to take place at the upcoming Milan Fashion Week on 25 February as part of the brand's instantly shoppable TOMMYNOW runway show. 

Below, Hadid chats her partnership with the designer. 

What inspired you for the fourth Tommy x Gigi capsule collaboration?
Spring 2018 celebrates speed and racing. We've combined Tommy's love of motor sports with my personal twist on athleisure style. The strong, confident and modern "Tommy Girl" inspired us throughout the design process.

What are your favorite pieces in the collection?
I personally love the way the windbreaker jackets turned out. I'm happy with the shapes and their ability to be worn as a fashion statement that is functional.

What is the co-design process when collaborating with Tommy Hilfiger?
Tommy has been an amazing design mentor and we've had a lot of fun creating all our capsules. I've learned so much about the importance of executing a design correctly for what I want from each look, and finding inspiration in everything around me.

What is your most memorable moment over the last four collections?
Showcasing our Tommy x Gigi capsules at the TOMMYNOW runway events in different cities around the world has been amazing and extremely surreal. The level of production really blew me away. I also got to present each collection with fans all over the world during the #TogetherTour; and their incredible support really touched me. I am humbled by their love.

Tommy Hilfiger loves motor sports and the theme of the collection is "speed"; what are your favourite sports?
When I was younger, I was a really competitive horseback rider and volleyball player. Now, I love to box, which requires a lot of speed, agility and power. I always feel energised after a boxing session.

What fascinates you about racing and why?
The technical aspect, the different ways they modify the cars to race differently, what the driver speaks to his team about while driving 200mph. Everything is intriguing.

Do you remember your first driving lesson?
Yes, my driving teacher would pick me up from school in a really embarrassing lime green "student driver" car.

This interview was conducted and provided by the brand Tommy Hilfiger. Create your wishlist ahead of the collection's release, here


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