Being a luxury goods house, Alessandra Facchinetti created most of the Tod’s Fall 2014 collection look in leather.  She said afterward, was to find ways to treat it less like a skin and more like a fabric.

There was undoubtedly outerwear with a crinkly black patent peacoat with a stand-up collar lined in white mink; a loosely cut trench in lavender bonded leather; a creamy cape coat with a thin, almost papery quality. Each striking in its own way.  Leather is more recalcitrant than silk or even cotton. The laser-cutting around the neckline was beautiful. The laser tracery gave it a breezy airiness that the other one, with exterior pockets and “futuristic” ruffles around the shoulders, could have used more of.

Rounding out the collection and giving it some depth were two graphic motifs: a windowpane check and a lozenge pattern Facchinetti lifted from carpets, which was most impressive supersized on a leather poncho, the pattern inlaid like mosaic.