Flacco makes Fashion Week debut at Tommy Hilfiger

Saturday - 2/9/2013, 8:16pm EST

This image released by Starpix shows Dee Hilfiger, wife of designer Tommy Hilfiger, left, with Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and his wife Dana Grady at the Tommy Hilfiger Men's Fall 2013 collection, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 during Fashion Week in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Andrew Toth)

NICOLE EVATT
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Joe Flacco is soaking up all the opportunities that come with being a Super Bowl champ, including nabbing a front row seat at New York Fashion Week.

The Baltimore Ravens quarterback and his wife, Dana Grady, had prime real-estate for Tommy Hilfiger's ever-preppy menswear collection Friday at the Park Avenue Armory.

"It was pretty cool. It was a lot quicker than I thought it would have been," said Flacco after watching his first fashion show.

As a brutal Nor'easter raged outside, the Hilfiger men on the runway bundled up in hefty coats with plush fur collars, cozy argyle sweaters and patterned turtlenecks.

If there's one takeaway from the fall collection: Houndstooth is a man's best friend.

It came down the runway in subtle waves -- just peeking out from the lining of a coat or scarf -- and in bold explosions, including a head-to-toe ensemble of houndstooth trousers and trench. Hilfiger also mixed and matched his pattern du jour with plaids and argyle.

Flacco, who led the Ravens in a 34-31 victory against the San Francisco 49ers at the Super Bowl in New Orleans, gave a nod of approval as a model passed by in a fitted navy blazer, layered under a dark, shearling car coat.

So what would his teammates say about his fashion week cameo?

"You know they'd probably pick on me a little bit, but it was a lot of fun," said Flacco.

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