Tod’s announced a Southwestern influence for Fall/Winter 2015, but there was nothing “country” about Alessandra Fachinetti’s sophisticated pieces. Instead, the reference translated into a few Navajo-like prints and perforations here and there. On the whole, this collection was beautifully tailored, slightly sporty, and very wearable, due in large part to the addition of new materials other than leather, which had rendered last season’s offering slightly stiff and uncomfortable.
The minimalist leather coats, a dark-green, printed pencil skirt, and a white shirt (made of leather so thin and crisp it looked like cotton at first) were some of the standout pieces in the brand’s signature material. Whipstitching was a big point of focus for Fachinetti, who used the technique as a decorative accent to elevate wool and neoprene sleeveless jackets and skirts. Her idea for cropped-length trousers worked best in suede, when the fit was marvelous. The more sporty looks came in the form of cropped leather jackets, padded parkas, and zipper details on sleeves. All of these rich materials, combined with a history of craftsmanship, spelled daywear magic on the Tod’s runway. Effortless luxury is a trademark of the brand, and Fachinetti’s collection this season was perfectly in line with its heritage. If we’ve failed to touch upon the accessories this time it’s because, believe it or not, the clothes may have just taken over as the brand’s most desirable pieces.
Photos: Courtesy of Imaxtree