From the opening Makeup Pink Leather Moto coat to the closing straight coat in a Geometric printed pieced Nubbly Pink Shearling, Tod's house designer, Alessadra Facchinetti traced Pure, Clean line from beginning to end to create a Stunning Masterpiece of a collection for Fall 2015 for the house. It was certainly the best of her collections so far and also the most varied and eclectic, yet focused and honed to Subtle Perfection!
The most positive development to come from this collection was Facchinetti's decision to focus less on Leather and add cloth to the proceedings in abundance, from Warm, Textural Wools and Cashmeres, to Denim and Knits. This added much dimension to the Tod's collection, which as lovely as they have been, actually have been too reliant on and Heavy-Handed with the Leather and Suede work... Yes, Tod's is a Leather house, but Facchinetti is producing clothing, and as Awesome as her focus on La Cuir was... There was certainly room to expand beyond that narrow shore.
Filled with Giddy, Makeup-y Nude Shades contrasting against Richer, more Burnished hues lent a delicate play on Balance and Colour. Cocoa Brown existed with Mauve and Stone while Blood Red played against Suntan and Toast. Facchinetti chose to continue with print, and while it was Tropical and easy for Spring, here the Floral prints were more Botanic and Deliciously Gaudy. As Counterpoint, there were the subtle Geometrics that sprang up here and there.
Facchinetti hit Home Runs often in this showing, A Snowy White topper with Appliqued jeweled "Badges" and "Whipstitch" Leather trim around the Collar and Border of the Placket was a Piece to inspire Genuine Lust! Also, a Cocoa Brown Leather dress with Delicate, yet Intricate geometric cutouts was a Thing of Beauty. There were many others worthy of mention in this Cavalcade of Excellence, but Brevity demands that the buck stops here!
In a Word, Sensational! A Personal Best for Ms. Facchinetti at the house of Tod's and one of the very best of the season. Facchinetti has been proving she is now the perfect fit at the house that Della Valle built on Nubble soled Driving loafers... Not it would seem, To Coin a Phrase, That Alessandra Facchinetti is in the Driver's Seat!