The set was of topiary in a green garden, vistas and verandas, box hedges, gravel paths and a feeling of sweet privacy.
“Botanical luxury,” said Alessandra Facchinetti about her Tod’s
collection, where a sporty serenity was the theme. There were some flower patterns, gracefully drawn, like the sketches on the designer’s trellis-covered programme.
The Birds of Paradise flowers, which had a spiky sexuality, gave a touch of the exotic when optically printed or translated into trouser suits in vivid yellow or lagoon turquoise.
Facchinetti is getting into her groove at Tod’s. Of course there was leather from this house famous for its shoes and bags. Its treatment is so exceptional that the skin becomes like cloth. There were even curving leather obi belts, wrapping gracefully around the torso.
The good thing about this designer is that there are no obvious fashion clichés. She thinks of a contemporary look, fine for work when a hemline falls smartly above the knees in a geometric cut, or when a safari jacket and trousers make a summer suit.
If Tod’s can keep the price of the clothes at the same luxury, but bearable, level as the shoes, this collection could be a real hit with women looking for a fashion soul sister.