Double take

The focussed rigour and empowered vision of Alessandra Facchinetti at Tod’s. Photography by Joanna Piotrowska, fashion by Caroline Issa and Nobuko Tannawa

Tod’s, the Italian house famed for its leather shoes and accessories, has been reimagined under the creative directorship of Alessandra Facchinetti. Her ready-to-wear collection launched with distinctive equanimity and to wide-ranging critical acclaim. Paying respect to Tod’s traditional sportiness and indisputable leather expertise, Facchinetti mirrors the house’s vision to amplify, in her own words, “the way that Tod’s pushes innovation with the most artisanal of techniques”. With the spring/summer 2016 collection, she constructed a complete lifestyle proposition that put woman at its centre. And this was a more casual, tough and rebellious woman when compared to the somewhat bourgeois and polite hostess figure of Tod’s past. Previous shows were set in opulent rooms, brimming with Italian masterpieces, but for this collection we were welcomed by a set of portraits depicting the characters who had been cast in the show – a clear sign that Facchinetti was shifting her focus from interior design to woman’s interior life.

For Facchinetti this move is based on “a more relaxed attitude and a freedom”. “It’s the way we want to feel today, it’s not only about style but about truly having the feeling of freedom,” she adds. The clothes have a cool and breezy sensibility yet a hard and confident attitude. For Facchinetti, “infusing classic pieces with a feminine touch” conveys the subtle interplay of the masculine and the feminine. “The masculine comes through because of the iconic pieces we play with.” Facchinetti has given Tod’s the potential for global reach as a believable lifestyle brand with a rich Italian heritage and woman at its heart. —Masoud Golsorkhi 


Camilla wears a yellow suit from Tod’s SS15, while Giulia wears a blue suit from Tod’s SS14. Her bag is from Tod’s SS16. All bags, belts and sunglasses throughout are from Tod’s SS16.

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Left, Camilla and Giulia wear T-shirts and shoes from Tod’s SS16Right, they wear dresses from Tod’s AW15 and shoes from Tod’s SS16.

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All of Camilla and Giulia’s clothes are from Tod’s AW15 and their shoes are from Tod’s SS16 

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Giulia and Camilla wear dresses from Tod’s SS14 

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Left, all of Camilla and Giulia’s clothes are from Tod’s SS16. Right, Camilla wears a top and trousers from Tod’s AW14, while Giulia wears a skirt from Tod’s SS15 and her own bra top. Both their shoes are from Tod’s SS16. 

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Left, Camilla and Giulia wear jackets from Tod’s SS16. Giulia wears jeans by G-Star RAW, while Camilla wears jeans by Diesel. Right and below, they wear trousers and shoes from Tod’s SS16. Their T-shirts are by Calvin Klein Jeans.

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Left, Giulia wears a top and Camilla wears a jacket from Tod’s SS16. Right, they wear their own tops and briefs.

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Giulia wears a T-shirt by G-Star RAW and jeans by Guess, while Camilla wears a white T-shirt and jeans by Calvin Klein Jeans. Rochana wears a T-shirt by Calvin Klein Jeans.

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Camilla and Giulia wear tops from Tod’s SS16 

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Giulia wears a blue suit from Tod’s SS14, while Camilla wears a yellow suit from Tod’s SS15. Their shoes are from Tod’s SS16. 

Hair: Takuya Uchiyama using Bumble and bumble / Make-up: Nobuko Maekawa using Chanel S 2016 and Chanel Body Excellence / Videography: Sohrab Golsorkhi-Ainslie / Production: Mitzi Golsorkhi-Ainslie and Chelsea Jones / Styling assistant: Marie-Charlotte Vermeulen / Hair assistant: Yuki Matsuo / Models: Camilla and Giulia Venturini at Viva Paris, Rochana Johnson-May at Premier Model Management 

The new Tod’s flagship boutique at 2-5 Old Bond Street, London, opens in June 2016