This made the highlight of today’s Tod’s show - a roomy, paper-thin leather shirt dress on the Italian Vittoria Ceretti - an altogether more impressive feat. Leather shirts don’t exactly scream “warm weather staple” but in the handling of the Tod’s team, specifically rendered in a peachy pink and worn with flat sandals, it looked just the thing for the front row, many of whom have been surprised by the sweltering heat this week in sunny Italy.
Elsewhere, the design team majored in a preppy, Italian-who’s-switched-Capri-for-the-Hamptons aesthetic that combined practicality with a modish luxury. Leather pants were cut slim and cropped at the ankle. Suede jackets with energising stripes sat neatly above politely slit pencil skirts. Most of the shoes were flat, acessorized with exuberant sprays of tassels, which lent a no-nonsense air to the collection. Shirt dresses were tailored and cinched at the waist with an attractive Tod’s signature, the double T belt, or wrapped from the waist down. The bags had silver slicks of hardware and plaited loop handles, sometimes in raffia, that perfectly summed up the season’s swoon for handicraft.