Go West, young woman! Alessandra Facchinetti‘s collection for Tod’s this season had an undercurrent of Western inspiration, expressed via moccasin shoes, Native American patterns, and string piping that laced around collars, or an asymmetrical pattern on a grey wool skirt. There was even a Rodeo-inspired blue suede top with floral patterns at the shoulders. But the collection was anything but rugged. Facchinetti’s designs have been credited with reinventing the Tod’s brand and bringing the luxury house back into the spotlight with an elevated, rich ready-to-wear in addition to its bread-and-butter accessories.
This collection particularly highlighted the brand’s trademark expertise with leather. To wit: A chic leather trench was done in a light camel (a signature color for the brand), a chestnut perforated leather dress with a pleated skirt and hints of hole-punched leather beneath, and a golden leather pleated skirt with primitive geometric patterns. But even the non-leather pieces, like a camel colored matching turtleneck and pants with black and white lines worn with a camel overcoat and driving shoes, exemplified Tod’s tasteful luxury aesthetic.