We’re in the throes of New York Fashion Week, and the award for the most elaborate runway goes to…Tommy Hilfiger. In fact, InStyle Fashion News Director Eric Wilson and Senior Market Editor/Digital Correspondent Dana Avidan-Cohen were so impressed they decided to document their reaction from the back of the cab post-show.

For fall/winter 2014, the designer was inspired by the “great American outdoors,” and let’s just say he really committed to the theme, landscaping the Park Avenue Armory into a full Swiss Alps-esque set, complete with a ski lodge (with abandoned skis perched here and there), larger-than-life boulders and scattered pine trees, all blanketed in fake snow.

It was a spectacle, sure, but it ended up being the perfect backdrop for the collection that was packed with wearable, vibrant plaids (checkered on various textiles, including wool-cashmere, mohair, and silk), shearling bombers, chunky oversize knits, and blanket gowns—basically, outward-bound clothing reimagined for the modern-day adventurer. The rugged “mountaineering” spirit was unmistakable, but so was the luxe effect, in large part due to the rich velvets and buttery leathers.

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