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What to Expect at Tommy Hilfiger's Los Angeles Fashion Show

12:55 PM 2/2/2017

by Sam Reed

Gigi Hadid and friends, for starters.

Gigi Hadid and Tommy Hilfiger at the fall 2016 Tommy x Gigi show
Gigi Hadid and Tommy Hilfiger at the fall 2016 Tommy x Gigi show
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With less than a week until the fashion spectacle that is Tommy Hilfiger's second fashion show extravaganza, which will not only include the full second installment of the Tommy x Gigi collection, but also Hilfiger's spring 2017 line, there's a lot to prepare for — and the crowd of 3,000 people on the Venice Beach boardwalk (at rush hour on a weekday, mind you) is just the beginning. 

Here, a guide to the supermodels, the performers and more to expect at the Feb. 8 blowout.

  • A Typical Runway Show

    The clothes themselves — including both the Tommy x Gigi collection, designed by 21-year-old supermodel Gigi Hadid, as well as Tommy Hilfiger's in-season spring 2017 collection — will be presented in a typical runway format, with boldfacers like Hadid and other runway regulars strutting their stuff on the catwalk. 

    Last season's presentation included appearances by Hailey Baldwin and Victoria's Secret Angel Josephine Skriver, so we expect Insta-famous gals to be making their way down the Venice boardwalk this time, too. 

  • Musical Performance(s)

    As if watching the sun set behind a parade of supermodels wasn't entertaining enough, Hilfiger has enlisted a yet-to-be-named musical guest to satiate the crowd. Considering he snagged Taylor Swift as a front row guest during last season's presentation, we wouldn't be surprised if Hilfiger and Hadid leveraged their combined pull to book a fantastic headliner. 

    According to insiders, there will be a few different performances during the evening, and a large stage set up inside the event space. 

  • An A-List Attendance

    Los Angeles during awards season is crawling with celebrities, so we have no doubt that like Tom Ford's west coast show in 2015, the event will have an A-list front row. 

    We expect to see not only Hadid's supermodel gal pals (sister Bella, L.A.-based DJ/model/actress types, and perhaps a Kardashian/Jenner or two) but also SoCal's local fashion scene, which includes Jessica Alba, Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie and young starlets like Hailee Steinfeld and Olivia Culpo. Perhaps some Oscar nominees — Emma Stone? Naomie Harris? — will be making their final press tour rounds, as well as some Grammy-nominated stars, considering the show is taking place the following Sunday. (The final guest list has not yet been confirmed.)

    And with more than 1,000 spots reserved for press and VIPs, we have a feeling that there will be plenty of bloggers in attendance, too. 

     

  • Food Trucks, Street Performers, Fair Rides

    In the words of Taylor Swift, this is what we came for. 

    Following the show, the 3,000 guests in attendance will be able to take in the full Venice experience which is being incorporated into the 3 hour event, including a handful of the area's iconic street performers, art installations from L.A. artists, the local joint-toting skate boarders and, most importantly, the unofficial cuisine of Venice Beach: gourmet food truck grub. 

    According to the Hilfiger team, there will also be county fair-type rides for guests to enjoy post-show.

    If last season's carnival games and real-life tattoo parlour are any indication, there will likely be plenty of surprises in store. 

     

  • A Gorgeous L.A. Sunset

    New York's got nothing on an L.A. sunset.

    Though California has been (finally) experiencing some much-needed rain, the torrential downpour is luckily expected to let up after Monday afternoon, meaning Venice Beach should be experiencing a stellar sunset around 5:30 p.m.. If the show starts on time, the sky should be lit up in a haze of pinks and purples just as Hilfiger and Hadid take their final bows with the Pacific Ocean sparkling behind them. 

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