SURROUNDED by the sumptuous interiors of the Villa Necchi, Tod’s presented a digital SS21 collection of easy shapes and intricate detailing in an ode to the hand-made.

Debuting as part of Milan Fashion Week, the film, entitled The Song, showcased both men’s and womenswear under the creative direction of Walter Chiapponi, each piece given a distinct patina through washed and unfinished textures.

A wardrobe intended for the “urban traveller”, the 41-look line-up exuded nonchalance while highlighting Tod’s renowned craftsmanship as the models flittered across the walnut flooring.

For the brand’s girls, washed suede, long-length shirting, safari jackets and exquisite leather blousons made up the ideal summer uniform. For him, it was soft knits, beautifully-made polo shirts, field jackets and loose-fit trousers – each staple elevated with SS21’s signature lived-in touch.

The collection wasn’t entirely gendered – the brand’s archival T Timeless logo was a recurring motif throughout both lines, appearing on tasselled loafers and shoulder bags in shades of neon. Tod’s Oboe bag made a reappearance, this season imagined in a crocodile texture, alongside shoppers and calf leather bucket bags.

In the spirit of simplification, Tod’s presented a pared-back collection finely-tuned to the needs of today’s consumers. Personal and high-quality, these are clothes that highlight the importance of fashion’s behind-the-scenes craft and perhaps most importantly, clothes that will be passed on for generations.

by Joshua Hendren

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