When I think of Tods, it’s not their ready-to-wear that comes to mind. I think of their iconic driving shoe and their streamlined, choc-full-of-quality handbags. Not to say they haven’t had an impressive ready-to-wear component in the past, back when Derek Lam designed for the brand. In a move that is sure to do well, Diego della Valle tapped designer Alessandra Facchinetti, who formerly designed at Gucci and at Valentino, to breath new life into the clothing section of Tods. She did just that in spades: stream lined, well-tailored, modern with an everyday appeal and plenty of sex appeal.
I haven’t seen a white shirt look so chic since Sharon Stone ( at the Oscars) paired a lilac Vera Wang evening skirt with a button-down Gap shirt right out of her then-husband’s closet. And, befitting a house that built its name on fine skins, were stand out leather looks – a dusty pink one-shoulder dress in papery leather (backstage Facchinetti said she wanted to treat leather like cotton), and perforated leather skirts paired with backless leather harness reading tops. The structured tops – Ms. Facchinetti cited Gio Ponti and Lucio Fontana as among her inspirations – paired with more flowing skirts made for a modern femininity with ease look, perfect for women opposed to fussiness.
Then there were the fabulous shoes and handbags we are accustom to seeing from Tods. Their famous pebble-soled Gommino loafer came with the fun touch of extra-long fringe (I have been obsessing about this shoe since I laid eyes on it) and the bags, sometimes folded into the hand (seen in every major city collections) were lush and divine.
An excellent first collection for Tods, I can’t wait to see what she does with fall.
Her are few more exits I was crazy for.
Clockwise from top left: Bottega Veneta, Bottega Veneta, Fendi, Prada, Versace, Emilio Pucci, Jil Sander, Fendi. All Spring/Summer 2014.