Creating new and original objects in a saturated fashion space is an almost impossible feat nowadays. But apparently, not for TOD’S creative director, Walter Chiapponi. After taking the reins of the Italian fashion house in 2019 (after a stint at Gucci and Valentino), the designer has continued his quest for new iterations of style through the new TOD’S Fall/Winter 21/22 men’s and women’s collections. Pushing design further through the merging of archetypes.
The men’s collection is an exploration of the collision of natural and urban life. Pitting freedom and a cosmopolitan lifestyle against one another in the creation of garments worthy of the modern Italian gentleman.
#sevenT is the film that will reveal the men’s collection launching in September, titled in a nod of the seven days of the week. In the film, TOD’S brings a laser focus to wardrobe staples; the trench coat, the shirt jacket, the hunting jacket and the field jacket as well as riding pants, sweatshirts and ribbed sweaters. Formality is contradicted through unexpected combinations, more befitting of modern times which sees us dipping in and out of lockdowns and busy lifestyles.
This collection encourages the wearer to play with bold pieces; ankle boots with a Texan heel, robust lace-ups with Norwegian stitching. Sneakers and desert boots abound. The “T” logo recurs throughout, on belts, loafers and bags. T is for “time” and the expansion of possibilities.
TOD’S brings the same play on the concept of time to the women’s collection. In a film entitled “In a Moment,” four women represent different personalities which combine in the fall/winter collection.
Sportswear is mixed with the appeal of couture, always maintaining a focus on function and utility. Luxurious materials are combined with classic silhouettes. Trench coats with leather trimmings, sheepskin hats and quilted leather duvet jackets, as well as ruffled necklines create unexpected pairings within classic materials.
Contrary to the micro-bag trend which swept the world earlier, TOD’S has introduced oversized bags made of sheepskin and leather in wide, curving shapes and zesty colours. Women can now explore the more “extra” side of their shoe repertoire. Chunky-heeled loafers with creeper soles tick every box in the footwear department. As always, the letter T adorns each piece as an attest to the timelessness of the design.
Best of all, with fine tailoring and exquisite design common to both, the women’s and men’s collections are interchangeable. The collection will launch from September. Shop the current styles, here.