Tod’s welcomes a new era of music—and we can’t wait to join the band

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Tod’s welcomes a new era of music—and we can’t wait to join the band
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The luxurious and preppy style of Tod’s has always shown a close association with sports. Music, on the other hand, is a new entrant, but really a natural progression, as it’s de rigeur with the hip and fashionable. It is amazing how a little rock ’n’ roll can add oddles of street cred instantly. And that’s exactly what Creative Director Alessandra Facchinetti brought to the brand’s spring/summer 2016 fashion presentation. 

The show notes, entitled “Tod’s Band,” introduced guests to a collection that saw guitar straps and pins being used on bags for a style that is best described as Patti Smith meets PJ Harvey. Culottes and silk blousons are worn layered, while exposing bare shoulders and midriff to capture a modern vibe— call it a British-rocker sensibility. Slightly off, but ever so cool, the spirit changed from prep to hip, with nary a strum from a guitar string. 

Facchinetti’s genius lies in her clever take on the house’s signatures. The Double T logo is peppered throughout the collection on bags, loafers and, of course, a Tod’s staple, the Gommino driving shoes. The interlocking logo works like a modern horsebit and looks uncannily like the strings on an electric guitar. The bags have interchangeable guitar straps, studded with cute stainless steel motifs of stars and strass. In varying sizes and with bold black stripes across the flap, worn cross body, the bags have the same nonchalance of a music festival filly en route to Coachella. Now, how chic is that? 

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