The message Tod’s design team wanted to convey was clear, starting with the press kit folder showing a rendition of Capri, an Italian flag and the title of the collection: “The Italian Dream.” To wit: The show opened with Kendall Jenner wearing the Capri print on a handkerchief top over white Capri pants and the brand’s staple moccasins — offered with fringes this season.

The team continued to emphasize the brand’s expertise with leather, and the look was polished and luxurious, yet casual. Consider a canvas and leather parka with a laser motif with a lace effect and tassels, worn over shorts or a pareo skirt with the same motif on the edge. The accessories house also added a crocodile tote to the ensemble.

Prints included a cow pattern and an abstract leaf design on tops and skirts. A dégradé napa shirtdress with hues from yellow to azure evoked a lazy day at the beach and contributed to the collection’s youthful elan. For an aperitif on said beach, a feminine slipdress with a motif in metallic reptile strips — almost Art Deco — would do the trick.

Tod’s chief Diego Della Valle has been reviewing the role of a creative director after the exit of Alessandra Facchinetti last year, leaving the job to the brand’s team. Della Valle might be on to something, as this collection marked a step forward for the brand.

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