Fashion Enthusiast Sports Jewish Prayer Shawl at N.Y. Fashion Week Event

Participant in New York Fashion Week Men wears real tallit outside Tommy Hilfiger event in Manhattan.

An unidentified men’s fashion enthusiast was spotted wearing a real tallit last week outside a Tommy Hilfiger event in Manhattan.
Phil Oh, Facebook/JTA

JTA - Has the Jewish prayer shawl become a fashion statement?

An unidentified men’s fashion enthusiast was spotted wearing a real tallit — not of the faux H&M variety — last week outside a Tommy Hilfiger event in Manhattan, Racked reported Monday.

Vogue photographer Phil Oh captured the New York Fashion Week Men’s participant on Thursday wearing a black wool coat and a black beanie to go with the dark-striped prayer shawl.

The tallit has long been an inspiration for retail fashion. Last month, H&M offered a near-tallit scarf that it subsequently apologized for. The company also sold a tallit-esque poncho back in 2011. Old Navy had a similar cardigan last year.

But real Jewish prayer gear hitting the fashion circuit in New York — not to mention the webpages of Vogue — seems like a new development.

So when New York Fashion Week, the main event, starts next week (February 10-18), can we expect to see tefillin on the runway? Anything’s possible in fashion — as Jean Paul Gaultier’s 1993 Hasidic-chic winter collection proves.

Jean Paul Gaultier Rabbi Chic fall winter 1993 YouTube