Two weeks ago, Paris’s Palais de Tokyo was packed in celebration of beloved Alber Elbaz’s return to fashion since his days at Lanvin. With a devoted fanbase of his own, his new capsule collection for Tod’s Factory was unveiled as part of Tod’s collaborative series of one-offs, named after Andy Warhol’s renowned Factory. Getting a glimpse back into Elbaz’s cheerful disposition, “Tod’s Happy Moments” is a new range of vibrantly-coloured shoes and bags that celebrate the simple delight of wearing Tod’s in everyday scenarios.
Adopting the classic Tod’s driving shoe as inspiration, Elbaz wanted to illustrate the happiness that Tod’s brings at different moments in life. Infusing Tod’s iconic designs with his own sensibility, Elbaz reimagined new contexts for the shoes and bags, dubbing the current three series of the collection — ‘Happy to Dance’, ‘Happy to be Free’, and “Happy Birthday”.
On top of the bright colours, there are also added elements of sneaker-soled loafers (to which Elbaz joked that he had changed the “sole” of the shoes, but not its “soul”), ballet flat and sneaker hybrids, and ultra-slick metallic driving shoes. The handbags were designed in complementary to the shoes as well.
The process of materialising the collection consisted of a few serendipitous aspects of its own. The collaboration came about because Tod’s chairman Diego Della Valle had invited Elbaz over “just for pasta, not for work”, before eventually cementing their partnership. The exclusive use of neoprene and metallic finishes in this collection were also discovered by accident, as Elbaz had found they were best used to encapsulate the positive and upbeat attitude of the series.
With a marching band in tow and a ‘happy’ dress code at the Paris launch, one can expect the same amount of spirit and spontaneous exuberance from this exclusive collection, available for purchase online now.