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A family affair

Musician/designer Andy Hilfiger puts the finishing touches on Bethel Woods' External Affairs Coordinator Liz McKay's vintage outfit before she strode the runway during the 'Bellbottoms & Butterfly Wings' fashion show at Bethel Woods
TRR photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

April 29, 2015

I make it a habit to arrive early when I expect a sold-out crowd to be attending an event here in the Upper Delaware River region, which happens frequently, and last Saturday was no exception. Anticipating a mob to show up for musician and celebrated designer Andy Hilfiger’s highly touted fashion show, “Bellbottoms and Butterfly Wings” (www.bethelwoodscenter.org), I pulled into the lot with the Wonder Dog and noticed a blonde parked next to me in a convertible with the top down, applying lipstick and singing at the top of her lungs. Without hesitating, I nodded in her direction and slipped into the passenger seat, singing along, as she warbled “Happy Days are Here Again,” and I joined in with the counterpoint tune “Get Happy”—a duet made famous eons ago by Judy Garland and Barbara Streisand on Garland’s 1960s television show. As the last notes faded into the cool night air, the blonde took out her cell phone and snapped a selfie of the two of us behind the wheel as I gasped, “Aren’t you Lady Gaga?” Petting the pup, she smiled slyly and laughed. “Uh huh” she murmured, proffering her hand. “Who are you?” I laughed nervously, stammered something unintelligible and woke up.

In point of fact, Gaga is slated to perform with the legendary Tony Bennett in the Pavilion at Bethel Woods on Saturday, July 25, and I do have plans to attend, so perhaps my vision was prophetic and I’ll have an opportunity to be star-struck in the near future. But Hilfiger’s runway show was not a fantasy, and as I searched my closet for something that wouldn’t embarrass the fashion guru, I googled him. “Andy Hilfiger is an American businessman and musician,” I read, “and the creative director of ‘Andrew Charles,’ a rock ‘n roll-inspired fashion line, of which Steven Tyler is the face... Andy’s other love is music, and he has been playing bass guitar since he was a teen. In 1982, Andy moved to Manhattan from upstate NY, where he began to further his career, touring with members of The Ramones, Kid Rock and Blue Oyster Cult” (www.wikipedia.org).