Tod’s S/S 2018
Scene setting: As guests entered the show space at Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, they were greeted with an installation of television screens, playing sunkissed Italian scenes from films like Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr Ripley and Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt. Filmed around Positano and Ischia, and at Adalberto Libera’s famed modernist house Casa Malaparte on the Isle of Capri, they reflected the brand’s preoccupation with Italian holidays and a sumptuously dressed sightseer.
Mood board: The collection riffed on the classic silhouettes essential for a chic Italian getaway – micro print pyjama tops, halter-necks cut from vintage-inspired silk scarves, white chinos and knee-length skirts, and perforated sports jackets. Tod’s mastery of Italian leather goods shone in oversized nappa shirts in yellow and tan, laser cut skirts and pyjamas. The collection also touched on the American West in cowhide biker jackets and vests, fringed box bags and suede shirt dresses in ombre brown suede. Capri meets cowgirl.
Finishing touches: Accessories were updated with aplomb this season. There were luxurious python doctor’s bags, sandals which tied around the ankle with thin silk scarves, tasseled pumps and fringed moccasins. The brand often uses saddlery motifs, and this was further emphasised in this season’s preoccupation with the West, such as in the metallic straps of python box bags, which resembled linked horse bits.