When craftsmanship becomes art: Tod's celebrated the mastery of what it means to be "Made in Italy" with a live performance by Vanessa Beecroft at Milan's PAC musuem, which was followed by the Fall/Winter 2016-2017 womenswear fashion show.
Titeled VB Handmade, the show focused on technical excellence, and skillful savoir-faire. Models were artfully wrapped in leather strips by Italian artisans in white coates, representing leather as a second skin. Top model Karlie Kloss lied on a workbench, wearing a leather creation crafted directly on stage. Vanessa Beecroft's vision blended beauty with intimacy, and explored the relationship between art and reality. With this performace, Tod’s applauded the artistic qualities found in products that are handmade, while simultaneously celebrating the female body.
Tod's Creative Director Alessandra Facchinetti also focused on the excellence of handmade Italian goods for the Fall/Winter 2016-2017 runway collection. Refined leather was embellished with stitched details and embroideries, recreating a tartan pattern. Leather strips were one of the leitmotifs of the collection, appearing on bags, clothing and accessories with a Thirties-inspired flair—yet another example of how craftsmanship can become a work of art. The array of biker jackets, trench coats, blazers and leather dresses all shared a captivating print of erratic lines. Cozy knits and jacquard maxi dresses in a patchwork pattern were given oversized volumes. Argyle patterns and handmade stitches spiced up the accessories. Tod’s icons—the Wave bag and the Gommino shoes—were updated. The footwear and bag collections shared signature details: the design of the moccasins' clamp and the buckle of Tod's Double T Crossbody Bag. The boots, with a contrast lace-up fastening and flirty tassels, are sure to become the must-have piece for next season.
Two exclusive styles are now available online:
Check out the Tod's iconic Wave Bag cast in bold hues features sophisticated tassels. The monochromatic color scheme is spiced up with flashes of scarlet, lending a hypnotic quality to the optical graphics.
Tod’s Double T Crossbody Bag is embellished with crisscross threading, creating a geometric pattern. The double T buckle is the new signature detail of the season.
Images courtesy of Tod's