Classic craftsman-ship and saddle-stitching - Tod's autumn/winter collection for 2003-04 mixes the designer's great sense of tradition with modern and sophisticated elements.
Metallic details such as the "T" logo and circles are for the first time stitched on patent and suede leather.
The use of extraordinary precious materials make each piece unique: matte alligator, de-stressed crocodile, mink or lapin with snakeskin and anaconda.
The combination of different materials used in the same piece is also a highlight of the season.
Leather and suede, lapin matched with snakeskin, gives the bags a more luxurious look.
The shoes: the Next line with new high heels, is an example of Tod's natural evolution. The line's extreme sensuality combines the highest craftsmanship with the finest quality. The rubber pebbles, the brand's trademark, stand out on the side of the shoe as a cute decoration.
The ballerina loafer and the sleek boots have a retro look and feature new metallic details.
For those who love a more casual style, the Owens, a sleek silhouette with contrasting stitching in black and chocolate, lace-up or with an elastic is a must buy.
The bags: The Corniche neatly combines quality and creativity: shapes become softer and feminine. They are available in small, medium and large. All the bags have a wavy line because the name Corniche means curves in English.
The range is completed by other silhouettes: a flat multi-pocket holdall and a cylindrical shaped shoulder bag.
Snow white, pale blue and lichen green give a sophisticated touch of colour. It is a new highlight in Tod's always low-profile palette. Black is back: extreme understated luxury. while chocolate brown is warm and rich.
(Shanghai Star Aug 29, 2003)