The Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea looked like the seaside last week. For their runway, Tod’s brought the scent of days past onto the airy mountainous slopes of the Italian peninsula. Diego Della Valle understands this Italy as being venerated and enchanted, just like the filmmakers and actors that have ceded to its grandeur. The beauties on Tod’s runway almost appeared to have rays of sun on their skin, and in their hair, an ease that only the wind can blow in. Kendall Jenner headed things up by opening the show.
Italy also means an impeccable quality of leathers – and the simple but airy elegance of its style. Tod’s is celebrating Italian nonchalance for Spring/Summer 2018 and the irreproachable quality of its craftsmanship. Lacking a single creative director, the collection is the collective work of five people. The result? A timeless collection with the colors of the Mediterranean. Leather is evidently at the heart of this line, where the brand’s absolute icon, the moccasin, is reinvented in a myriad of new ways.
Occasionally a hybrid with a sneaker-esque rubber sole, sometimes gypsy-esque with oversized fringe, it also gets dressed up with a denim canvas in its Double T version when not enchanting the steps in its Yorky version. It even brightens up a pair of leather pajamas. This leather is made with brilliant finesse. The new Spring/Summer 2018 collection honors the casual chic that Tod’s is such an expert in. The craftsmanship of their workshops can be perceived in the exquisite finishings. With discreet elegance and eminently desirable looks, next season is marking a return to the brand’s 1978 origins and an intention to definitely anchor Italian heritage into the high fashion sphere.