Zooey Deschanel has collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger to create a capsule collection.
The 34-year-old actress and American fashion star have teamed up to design a range of 16 pieces under the title To Tommy, From Zooey. A majority of the line is made up of feminine dresses.
The pair met at a mutual friend’s house in Santa Monica a while ago and Tommy remembers how they immediately bonded over clothing.
“She was wearing this vintage jumpsuit,” he told WWD. “I complimented her on it, and she told me how she loved vintage. Somehow, the conversation went from loving vintage to possibly doing a capsule collection with her.”
Some of the items featured in the collection, as revealed by sketches, include a red pleated mini dress and a blue sporty style dress with red and white patterns.
Zooey appreciated the help Tommy gave her while bringing her visions to life and learnt a lot from the businessman.
“I am a fashion fanatic, and I am always looking for new ways to incorporate vintage, feminine pieces into my own wardrobe,” she smiled. “Tommy and I share many of the same inspirations – old-school music, classic films and old Hollywood icons – and his guidance during the design process helped to put a really unique twist on each piece.”
Zooey and Tommy began working on the designs around a year ago. During the creation process he was keen to capture the essence of Zooey’s personality.
“[We focused on] what she likes and what she doesn’t like, the kind of fabrics and what kind of colours. We really see eye to eye on a lot of what she loves,” Tommy added.
“They are ’60s-inspired short dresses. There is a lot of red, white and blue, but done in a Zooey way with interesting detail and flirty fabrics.”
They also took inspiration from different eras and models when coming up with ideas.
“They are very Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy – really from the ’60s in London,” Tommy continued. “That’s not something we would normally put in our regular sportswear line – maybe we’d be inspired by the ’60s for the runway, but it’s a new way to look at fun, American classics.”
The range will make its debut at Macy’s this spring and pieces will be priced between $98 and $199.
Tommy is thrilled to have Zooey’s involved with his label and sees her as the perfect model for their ethos.
“We always try to ascertain whether or not someone is a ‘Tommy girl’. She is the epitome of it – all-American, youthful, fun and funny, yet she has a sophistication and worldliness to her that’s quite endearing,” he gushed. “She is easy to get along with and she is quite involved. She really knows what she likes and what she doesn’t like.”
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