At the Tod’s private garden party, where guests sat amidst box hedges and pebbled paths, a new type of floral appliqué arrived just in time for Spring/Summer 2015. Instead of using 3-D blossoms, Tod’s opted for flat, patchworked leather versions in abstract shapes that suggested flowers rather than stated them directly. Atop its sporty, perforated leather dresses (with holes so fine that the fabric resembled mesh), Tod’s planted a new motif.
In Alessandra Facchinetti’s more-than-capable hands, high-quality leathers were rendered soft, buttery, and summer-appropriate, fitting to the body in relaxed shapes that promised increased mobility and comfort and that were often so finely perforated that the material resembled mesh. There was a subtle equestrian theme at play, with harness belting, studs, and curving lapels recalling the structure of a riding saddle, as well as a few biker elements in the tougher leather pieces. The show notes read “Biker-mania. The many versions of an endless story of leather”, and with her pastel-colored, feminine collection, Facchinetti presented a new and sophisticated biker aesthetic to the world. She paid tribute to the material with leather-on-leather skirts, light-as-feather leather bombers, vinyl-like leather tops, and perforated leather full-leather looks. Although its featherweight leathers were definitely on point for spring, Tod’s looked to cotton fabrics as well, shown with a silk-effect finish. There were coordinated tropical separates, culottes and tunics done in crisp cottons, and even a baby-blue jumpsuit with a gathered waist and relaxed leg.
Although Facchinetti relied heavily on natural references to carry forward her seasonal message, this Tod’s collection is ideal for the urban dweller who requires comfortable luxury and a high style factor.
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