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