23 posts tagged "Tod’s"
In the palatial Villa Necchi Campiglio—Tilda Swinton’s impossibly gorgeous manse from I Am Love—Tod’s showed its Fall collection. The label is pitching itself to men as a one-stop-shop for leather lovers, and on view in the villa’s various salone was a full, vari-hued range of casual and dress loafers, lace-ups, wallets, desk accessories, bags, briefcases, and iPad cases. Tod’s pioneered the rubber sole; here it appeared in a thicker, slightly wedged version that had a sporty feel. But the real news this time out is the brand’s dip into men’s Ready-to-Wear. To go with your loafers and iPad case, may we suggest a bomber or safari vest in suede or supple skin?
Tod’s driving mocs—at 30 or so—are tried-and-true fashion classics, but Tod’s Group chairman Diego Della Valle is lending his support (and around $25 million) to an even more time-honored favorite: The Roman Colosseum. The brand will fully fund the landmark’s entire renovation. [Elle via Refinery29]
And speaking of accessories, Serena Williams wasn’t happy with the state of hers, recently. Having cut her foot on broken glass and been consigned to a cast for the duration of Art Basel, Williams made the best of things, by bedazzling it with Swarovski crystals. [Page Six]
And in slightly less shiny footwear news: Jimmy Choo has announced that it will re-enter the men’s footwear market. The brand had previously produced a men’s collection, but discontinued it in 2002; the men’s offerings from its recent H&M collaboration convinced CEO Joshua Schulman to give men’s footwear another try. [L.A. Times via Racked]
Miuccia Prada (above), who’s a longtime patron of the arts, was in London last night to present Susan Philipsz with the latest Turner Prize. The award comes with [Pounds]25,000. No word on whether Prada’s throwing in a few pairs of shoes, too. [Vogue U.K.]
Earlier this week, Tod’s presented its Spring ’11 accessories by appointment in Milan. The usual luxe skins—calf, croc, and python—are all back in action, but we were most taken with the wood-soled Gardener Sandal, which marks the first time the brand has ventured into working with wood. Like the direction creative director Derek Lam is going in? Good news for you: He’s just signed on with the brand to continue running the show for another two years.
Diego Della Valle of Tod’s and Teatro alla Scala’s Stéphane Lissner held a press conference this afternoon to announce their new partnership. The Italian brand famous for its driving shoes will sponsor the legendary Milan theater’s upcoming season, and to celebrate the union, they showed off a specially commissioned short film. Directed by Matthias Zentner, it stars La Scala ballerinas with choreography by Gianluca Schiavoni meant to evoke the multiple steps required to make Tod’s products. “Tod’s and Teatro alla Scala are both passionately Italian,” Della Valle said. “We’re committed to keeping alive the skills and traditions that lie at the heart of our culture.” No, the dancers aren’t wearing these special Tod’s ballerina flats in the video, but they could have; they come with satin ribbon ties not unlike real ballet shoes. You can watch the video at www.tods.com, and you can pick up the flats come November for $575 at Tod’s boutiques across the U.S.
Tod’s signature driving mocs are iconic for a good reason: They bring a touch of no-nonsense frankness, not to mention an actual functionality, to a refined style. (Forget the chauffeur—the Tod’s girl drives herself.) The label has been making the shoes for decades, and though its new optical line is just a season old, the collection picks up the same unfussy chic for which the brand is known. The Tod’s 1 (pictured), from the 14-model range, has an Old Hollywood shape (and a touch of gold or silver, in metallic inlays) without being flashy. No wonder Hollywood’s own most down-to-earth starlet, Jennifer Garner, has already been seen sporting a pair.
$350, available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdales.