MFW diary: Eyeing Tod’s spring styles, plus Diana Vreeland by the pool at Villa Necchi

At the gorgeous Villa Necchi, for an equally gorgeous Tod’s presentation. The sun is shining and it’s all I can do to keep myself from plunging into the pool (the same one featured in the Tilda Swinton film, I Am Love).

Viewing the collection over cappuccino with Derek Lam, Tod’s creative director, it’s remarkable to see how much he’s upped the brand’s luxe ante since he first began his collaboration in 2006. Spring is inspired by “the strength of Italian craftsmanship” and that’s quite apparent—from the bead- and precious metal– studded moccasins to the special-order gold-embellished bags. Colours vary from neutral tans, oyster, and dove grey all the way to citrus brights—as in a fringed-calfskin orange shopper. Juicy and delish!

Also at Villa Necchi: excited to see the exhibit of photos from the latest Diana Vreeland–focused book: Diana Vreeland The Eye Has To Travel by Lisa Immordino Vreeland. (Abrams) Cannot wait to get my hands on it!