25 posts tagged "Tod’s"
I’m just back from Milan, where, in addition to the shows, I haunted showrooms preparing for our next Accessories Report. One thing I noticed is that one of last season’s handbag trends is still going strong: as we called it at the time, the incredible shrinking bag. From every editor at the shows to most models on the runways, small, colorful bags were the It accessory of the season. It’s even become relatively rare to see a “regular”-sized bag, on or off the catwalk. That doesn’t mean they make a small statement, though. The best of the bunch came in loud, color-blocked hues and in exotic skins, from Prada’s rectangular little python numbers to Tod’s double-skin clutches (top) to the new Bulgari Serpenti in lizard (bottom).
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.