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S IMPLY ABU DHABI
S IMPLY FASHION
by j o rdana l ynch
Specialist By Specialists
As a way of demonstrating the creative process that goes into the development of each
Tod’s style, Specialist by Specialists takes iconic pieces from the collection and re-
imagines them, exasperating their line and construction.
At the root of Tod’s lies the know-how and experience of crafting hand-stitched
leather and vegetable rubber together and the Specialist by Specialists illustrates how
knowledge of the art of leather that goes back three generations can inspire real creative
experimentation.
The Specialist by Specialists includes the iconic Winter Gommino with an internal
plateau sole entirely covered in leather; the Aspen ankle boot, featuring a lace up closure
and a 10cm heel; and two styles of Motor boots, with simple, clean lines, but with a rich
and sophisticated construction.
Ready To Wear
The new Tod’s ready-to-wear collection is inspired by a Fifties’ “Teddy Boy” look, with
a heavy emphasis on outerwear. The featured key pieces include timeless items such as
the motorcycle jacket, the trench and a soft tailored blazer, which have been updated
in stylish buttery leathers, double face cashgora (cashmere and angora) and high tech
weather proof fabrics in combinations of suede and leather, felt and calfskin, shearling
trimmed lapels, fused rubberized tape seaming and a variety of furs.
The colour palette ranges from shades of black, with touches off whites for the natural
furs, to oatmeal brown, with strong punches of deep winter red and moody blue.
The new Tod’s Autumn/Winter 2011-12 collection
Tailored for a working woman who desires items that are timeless, chic and stylish,
takes its inspirational approach from the eternal elegance of the architecture of Louis
Kahn, whose simple structures and striking lines invite an interplay of light and shade.
The new collection echoes Kahn’s approach by presenting functional forms in a modern
and technically innovative way, combining the Tod’s trademark merge of classic and
contemporary.
The inspirational mix of colour ranging from chromatic greys, naturals and nudes
highlighted by strong accents of cherry red and deep teal, emphasises the idea of slick
modernity balanced with eternal warmth.
The Iconics
Tod’s presents its iconic D Bag Luxury, an evolution of the classic D Bag in a super-
luxurious hide, featuring a full leather lining. Created with the highest levels of
craftsmanship and technical expertise and in the most beautiful leathers, the D Bag is
soft, with a hand-cut finish and a contemporary silhouette.
Presented in a special glass structure, this season’s D Bag Luxury uses precious leather
in an innovative yet traditional manner, to create a genuinely iconic product that is the
best that Made in Italy can offer. In a similar approach echoing inspiration by the late
architect Philip Johnson renowned for the way he worked with glass and steel to create
the extraordinary and his 1949 design masterpiece the “Glass House”, the
D Bag shows how innovation, passion and creativity can successfully combine form and
function into an aesthetically impeccable and timelessly stylish whole.
The Highlights
This season’s new styles observe a playful mix of classic and modern. The new ankle boot
in brushed calfskin has a simple, elegant shape and features two buckles
and a thick 10cm heel. The striking black colour of the leather shows off the line of the
shoe effectively. There is new shoulder bag style offered in various sizes and materials such
as leather, suede, and precious alligator that features a stylish metallic buckle closure.