Beloved fashion designer Alber Elbaz has experienced many changes in the last few years. He's exited Lanvin, a fashion house for which he was creative director for 14 years (and let's be honest, Lanvin hasn't been the same since). He's worked on small projects with select brands, including a perfume with Frédéric Malle. And most recently, he's dyed his hair blonde.
But this year, Alber Elbaz is back; albeit for another collaboration. In what is to be his biggest project since Lanvin, Italian fashion house Tod's has tapped Elbaz for a collaboration that is slated to be released soon. This project is part of Tod's Factory—an initiative that allows the fashion house to explore other ways of expressing luxury and fashion with the help of artists and designers. While we do love Tod's signature footwear, an injection of something unexpected is always a treat.
Not much is known about the extent of the collaboration with Elbaz, but with some clever deductions, we've come up with a few things you can probably expect out of the project.
It's all shoes and accessories
Ok, this we know for sure. The Tod's collaboration with Elbaz will employ the latter's quirky sensibilities on a range of shoes and accessories. This would probably include things such as a range of Tod's footwear, small leather goods and bags. At the centre of the Tod's universe may be footwear, but a range of leather goods would be even more attainable (and covetable).
The collection will not be typically Tod's
Tod's referred to the collaboration and its resulting collection as "unconventional". There are a few ways of interpreting this. Would this collection make use of unconventional materials that are not leather; perhaps the use of something more sustainable? Would the collection see Tod's combining both its men's and women's universes together? Or perhaps the introduction of new styles, as opposed to updating Tod's classics?
We think that it would be more likely that this collaboration would push Tod's out of its comfort zone of creating relatively safe designs. We're expecting a a whole line of graphic, illustrated prints that have become part of Alber Elbaz's repertoire. But even that might be somewhat conventional coming from Elbaz. Perhaps the prints would be coupled with exaggerated designs that challenge the craftsmanship of Tod's artisans? We're hopeful.
It would still be intrinsically Tod's
And that would mean that you'd still recognise the pieces as a Tod's design. In an interview with South China Morning Post, Tod's chairman Diego Della Valle expressed that Elbaz "loves to work around our quality and our heritage with his point of view". We're hoping that Elbaz plays around with the small details such as hardware design and bag closures, while still keeping true to some of the silhouettes that we're already so familiar with. Imagine a reworked Double T design, or Tod's signature rope bracelet reinterpreted with leathers of thicker widths; the possibilities are endless, especially with Elbaz.