It was a first in more ways than one for Tod’s, which held its first runway show on Friday, the first designed by creative director Alessandra Facchinetti, who introduced a full-fledged apparel collection.
“This was the next step in growing Tod’s, conceived to tell the story of the brand and its style,” Diego Della Valle, the group’s chairman and chief executive officer, said after the show.
Building on the brand’s core leather business, Facchinetti developed a polished collection that skewed sporty and sleek. “I worked with leather thinking it’s cotton and breathing new life into it,” said the designer, also touting “new shapes and with a more modern feel.”
White shirts with undulating vents were a foil for statement skirts: pencil thin with Fifties-inspired color blocks in white and burgundy; or voluminous and scalloped, sometimes punched or embroidered with openwork like velvety soft leathers.
The accessories were spot-on, as Facchinetti evolved the pebble-soled moccasins with playful fringes and leather scallops on the vamp. Sandals got a maxi-chain motif, and toes were in striking multicolors like the clothes.