At this point, Tod’s hardly needs a celebrity designer to advance the cause of perfect wardrobe pieces that are both trend-proof and future-proof.
Alessandra Facchinetti was instrumental in moving the needle forward for Tod’s and reviving interest in the legendary Italian leather goods brand by introducing experimental design methods to the language of the house. However, in the post-Facchinetti seasons, Tod’s has aimed itself at what it does best: flawlessly crafted leather pieces, and superb, high-quality wardrobe staples. With the help of a Vanessa Beecroft installation last season, and a “Timeless Icons” campaign featuring a black-and-white tableaux vivant featuring Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot, and many others, they have supplied an alternative to the traditional runway format.
The collection itself, which was shown on models poised on tiered platforms against a glossy black backdrop, was tinged with both Western and safari elements, but little is needed in the way of explanation when faced with Tod’s minimalist selection of separates and simple sheaths. It was all, simply put, perfectly tailored, perfectly stitched, and perfectly nonchalant – the kind of wardrobe possessed by the pampered and practical woman of good breeding and an innately born sense of style. Tod’s models displayed fitted leather jackets, ivory leather culottes, cotton poplin separates, leather blouses rolled at the sleeve, laser-cut slipdresses, minimal leather shifts, and more.
Everything was sturdy and handsome, embellished only by the occasional touch of snakeskin here or a tasseled zipper there. Although minimal when it came to decorations, the clothes looked no less expensive, especially when it came to all of those immaculate trench coats. There were versions in both molded leather and suede with double-helixed stitching, unblemished leather. Another cool idea from Tod’s came by way of a color-blocked fringed skirt, which was reworked for the finale in metallic hues on a sheath silhouette. At this point, Tod’s hardly needs a celebrity designer to advance the cause of perfect wardrobe pieces that are both trend-proof and future-proof.