For her first Tod’s fash­ion show, creative direc­tor ALESSAN­DRA FACCHINETTI looked to the mod­ern arts for in­spi­ra­tion

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How do you de­sign the first cloth­ing line for a brand known for its time­less ac­ces­sories? Alessan­dra Facchinetti an­swered the ques­tion with aplomb in her first show­ing for Ital­ian bags-and-shoes be­he­moth, Tod’s. “What I had in mind first was the Tod’s woman. I started from the feet up, and then de­signed herTod’s world...[She is] a trav­el­ling woman, cu­ri­ous about art, and about the coun­tries that are re­flected in what she wears. A woman who ap­pre­ci­ates real el­e­gance with­out over­state­ment,” says Facchinetti. For in­spi­ra­tion, she turned to masters of Mod­ern Art like Ital­ian artists Al­berto Burri and Lu­cio Fon­tana, and even mined the ar­chi­tec­tural ge­nius of Giò Ponti in her search for the per­fect start­ing point to her col­lec­tion. And out came fluid, geo­met­ric shapes in lux­u­ri­ous leathers, and in a neu­tral-meets-pow­der colour pal­ette. “Great clas­sics that emerge from the walls to the wardrobe, re­worked in a time­less di­men­sion,” says Facchinetti about her de­signs, and we couldn’t agree more.

(Top) A col­lage of Facchinetti’s in­spi­ra­tions. (Clock­wise from left) Giò Ponti in­te­ri­ors; Bal­le­rina Sylvie Guillem pho­tographed by Richard Ave­don; Lu­cio Fon­tana’s ripped can­vas art­work; avant-garde writer and theatre direc­tor Sa­muel Bar­clay Beck­ett;...

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