Gigi Hadid was spotted early this year at the London Fashion Week, promoting the TOMMY X GIGI Spring ’17 collection. It was the second time that the supermodel was promoting the eclectic American fashion designer’s clothes, which has her creative inputs as well.
So, how did the two iconic personalities collaborate?
It was in January 2016 that Tommy Hilfiger announced Gigi Hadid’s name as the brand ambassador for his Women’s Wear for the Fall Collection of 2016, as part of the brand’s plan to build on a new vision and plan a strategic expansion of its global Women’s business.
Gigi, too, was thrilled with the association. “I never thought I would be asked to design a capsule collection, so it still feels like a dream that Tommy approached me to collaborate,” she said. “His company is one that I genuinely love and have been a fan of for my entire life… I have always looked up to his brand, campaigns and design style.”
On the TOMMY X GIGI collection, she says, “Our collection celebrates the iconic Tommy lifestyle and mixes a bit of everything. There are styles that are really hippie-chic, styles that are sporty streetwear, and styles that are tomboy but girly. Everyone’s going to love a different part of it.”
The first collection featured women’s sportswear, footwear and accessories, including watches and sunglasses, as well as a new fragrance, reflective of Hadid’s unique take on modern style, fused with Hilfiger’s signature “classic American cool” heritage.
Tommy himself had this to say about his business association with Gigi: “She is truly the definition of today’s ‘Tommy Girl’ – her magnetic personality is bright and always optimistic, her style confident, effortless and cool.”
Gigi Hadid, who has appeared on the covers of Vogue, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, TeenVogue, Numéro, Schön!, and CR Fashion Book, amongst others, joins a list of influential women who have partnered with the Tommy Hilfiger brand. These included Beyoncé, Kate Hudson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Naomi Campbell, Naomi Watts and Alexa Chung.
At the time, Myntra fans were thrilled to discover that they could get their hands on the TOMMY X GIGI Collection on Myntra as soon as it was unveiled on the ramp in LA! What’s more, one can still get the unique TOMMY X GIGI style on Myntra.
What sets Gigi apart from other models on the runway of the past decade is her non-size zero shape. That, combined with the comfortable looks has won her a huge following. Her managers have not failed to notice how to capitalize on her 34.3 million followers on Instagram, since today’s world is ruled by the social media. So, what happened next was Gigi’s transformation from a supermodel to one that ruled the social media too. It was a win-win situation for all the brands she endorsed as she could easily promote them on those channels.
Hilfiger recalls, “When she hit the runway, the fans went crazy, they wanted to buy everything she was wearing, and we talked at length about how we could use Gigi as more than a model. I think a designer has never partnered with a model before and allowed the model to have a serious hand in designing the collection.” Yes, indeed, it was a first and disruptive, at that.
The TOMMY X GIGI capsule collection got sold at tremendous speed, online as well as offline. That success was replicated in a second collection, which boasted denims, bomber jackets, dresses, skirts, crop-tops and T-shirts.