Travis Barker Plays Surprise Drums For Tommy Hilfiger’s NYFW Finale

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NEW YORK — The show must go on!

Tommy Hilfiger closed the first week of New York Fashion Week with an element of surprise: heavy rain on an outdoor aluminum catwalk.

The public waited impatiently under ponchos and plastic umbrellas as employees rushed to sweep the rain off the runway before models strutted through Hilfiger’s Fall 2022 “See Now, Buy Now” collection. The set, called Tommy Factory, was inspired by Andy Warhol’s New York studio where the designer and the artist first met.

Models wore Tommy Hilfiger's Fall 2022 collection as it returned to New York Fashion Week.

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Rather than fall victim to less than ideal weather, Hilfiger models including Winnie Harlow, Ashley Graham and Julia Fox used it to their advantage.

Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” hits “Break My Soul” and “Summer Renaissance,” Missy Elliott’s “Lose Control” and Megan Thee Stallion’s “Her” blasted through the speakers as models circled the stage with the New York skyline behind them.

Audio clips of Hilfiger and Warhol’s conversations were also incorporated into the show.

Hilfiger’s Fall 2022 designs featured a new monogram print designed in partnership with Fergus Purcell and British designer Richard Quinn. Classic jackets, turtleneck sweaters and denim sets carried the new monogram.

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In the front row, Shawn Mendes, John Legend, Kate Moss, Kourtney Kardashian, Travis Barker and his daughter Alabama and more.

Other famous faces of Tommy Factory include Law Roach, Cassie, Jon Batiste, Kris Jenner, Corey Gamble and Christian Combs.

Kourtney Kardashian, Travis Barker and Alabama Barker sat front row at Tommy Factory.

In a surprise twist, Barker was pulled by a dummy from his front row seat and brought onto the stage.

The drummer stripped shirtless as he continued to perform a set while the models took a final spin followed by Hilfiger.

Barker’s last hits on the drums marked the end of the show and praise from a delighted but soaked audience. Everyone did a collective exhale knowing that the models were able to stay upright.

Musician Travis Barker played drums at the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Week show in New York.

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Sunday’s show marked Hilfiger’s return to NYFW after a three-year hiatus.

“My heart immediately went to New York’s iconic creative culture when I thought of where to kick off our return to fashion week,” Hilfiger said in a press release for her show. “It’s where fashion, art, music and entertainment came together when I started in the industry. And today, it’s still this approach that inspires me to engage with cutting-edge communities by creating new creative experiences.”

Tommy Hilfiger walked the runway following his return to New York Fashion Week.

The designer added: “This season is all about colliding my favorite archive inspirations with new live event concepts and virtual worlds. It’s the perfect expression of what we stand for as we make tribute to our roots with a return to NYFW.”

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