Tod’s Spring Summer 2019 Milan Fashion Week. Tod’s promised an “Italian Attitude” for its first coed show.
The mood was easy and joyful as models smiled and held hands for the finale and the women’s design team took a bow with Andrea Incontri, who is in charge of the men’s division.
Walking out of the room at the PAC Museum of Contemporary Art, Tod’s chairman and chief executive officer Diego Della Valle looked upbeat but, asked about the coed format, he said this was “a test,” as he believes each category “needs focus” on the runway.
There was an array of suits in different silhouettes, colors, and fabrications (from linen to suede), all worn sockless with the famous Tod’s driving shoes. The guys looked good—classic and relaxed. The Tod’s woman would be very happy if her man dressed in this manner.
As for the Tod’s woman, she likes her leather, even in summer. Save for a few T-shirts and button-downs, and some nice-looking patterned jacquard trousers, everything was cut in leather or suede or python, down to the bandana necklaces.
Amid all the blush tones and neutrals, a pantsuit and a belted blouson and wrap skirt in electric cobalt stood out. Naturally, there was a bag for nearly every look. Among all the cross-bodies, totes, and top handles, the bucket styles looked freshest.
In a few days Tod’s showed at the Ritz in Paris a new women’s collection. A collaboration with the Italian designer Alessandro dell’Acqua. The distinctions between the two offerings will mostly come down to attitude and mood, with the Dell’Acqua offering playing the sophisticate to this collection’s sport.