Alessandra Facchinetti, Tod’s creative director, has just showcased the Tod’s spring/summer 2016 RTW collection taking the runway show to a whole new level. Choosing models with strongly defined identities, she went for creating a band where each member has her own style and at the same time they all complete each other. “Beyond the rules” was the motto of the show and you can definitely see why browsing through the personality-stating looks unveiled.
Asymmetrical shapes, queer designs, eerie accessories and a well-defined rock-chic vibe took center stage at the show. Chelsey Tyler, Quentin Jones, Elizabeth Jagger, Langley Fox and some other faces from Sonia Sieff-captured portrait that hung in the entry of the runway were all present at the show ensuring that the members of the Tod’s spring band followed no rules and created their own instead. In fact, that is the main reason for them to be highly followed. As far as there are so many unique design solutions here, it is hard to tell a time-influence on the collection. You can find the high-waist classic striped pants with leather belts from the ‘60s, eccentric midi skirts with laser-cut details in the form of circles reminiscent of the ‘70s and ‘80s, and classy pantsuits with the ‘90s inspired match of accessories.
The Tod’s spring 2016 line-up is flooded with quirky patterns that look amazing on classic designs: just take the white V-neck overall with the curious retro-inspired vinyl print and you get a totally fine outfit perfect both for everyday wear and an evening out with friends. The thin striped scarf on the neck adds a touch of edge to the entire don’t-care look, while making it appear overly elegant and feminine. It’s amazing to see how simple feminine pieces can be transferred into androgynous combos with the help of the right choice of makeup, hair and shoes: the model donning the striped off-the shoulder emerald green sweater with the midi-skirt featuring a fringed hemline and metal studs channels her tomboy side through the use of classic black lacquer loafers, while the leaf choker adds a subtle feminine edge to the outfit.
Alessandra went far with the play with fabrics, designing burgundy capris from velour, shirt-like overalls, paper-cotton cardigans and even blazers from metallic leather. The latter seems to have been taken from a cosmic show like Star Wars giving you the inspiration to wear the clothes of your favorite sci-fi movie character on a daily basis. A leather belt is one of the noteworthy accessories used throughout the line-up, appearing on the deep V-neck overalls, skirts and wide-leg shorts: of course, we love them especially when folded in an unusual way.
The Tod’s spring 2016 show is literally rife with great ideas of edgy hairstyles ranging from messy waves on fringed bobs to wet-effect pixies inspired by the ‘90s. You can play with your makeup either putting nothing on your face or using a whole bunch of products on the eyes and you will still look cool with one earring missing and half of your blazer carelessly hanging on your shoulder over the soft colored chiffon overall. And we can’t but mention the cross-body bags in all the rainbow colors that look amazing with all the funny prints and drawings. The whole idea here is to never be afraid to play with fashion and wear your favorite things confidently with pieces that might seem crazy at first sight.
Photos courtesy of Vogue