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Tod's Explores the Exquisite Beauty of Being Alone in Arresting New Film for FW21

Getting lost in yourself while blanketed in sumptuous clothes is always a good idea.
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Tod’s opens its fall/ winter 2021 presentation, a short three-and-half-minute film released late last night, by reminding you that it’s about the journey. There are many ways you can read this: how whatever you're experiencing now in the upside-down reality can only lead to better things, how you should be patient and let things unfold, or how you should stop being a jittery mess and just relax.

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As our protagonist, the 20-year-old Italian actor Lorenzo Zurzolo, continues his journey, from a well-appointed room lit low by a fire pit (he is dressed in a lovely reversible coat in the scene) to a field bathed in the soft light of dawn in Lombardy (now in an olive puffer and a pair of Tod’s rubber boots, which we must have), the conceit of #sevenT is revealed: seven days and seven nights by your lonesome, swathed in the gentlemanly clothes of the Italian label. The T stands for two things, Tod’s, naturally, and time.

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It can also stand for travel. “I don’t really mind… it’s a different way to travel,” Zurzolo says of being by himself. “…I like to get lost to become someone else.”

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Trapped indoors for most of last year and with limited mobility continuing this year, many people are itching to get away, but Tod’s offers another proposition for escape. You can imagine being somewhere further when you’re just somewhere nearby (or just at home). You can also imagine being another version of yourself even if things are staying monotonously the same. Wandering around a shadowy villa our hero muses how it is “nice to create a parallel reality.”

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That’s where clothes can come in. The upcoming set is very Tod's in the way that it evokes wandering and wonder. Of course, no one is hopping on planes right now, and so artistic director Walter Chiapponi refocuses the idea of travel, connecting it instead to blessed nature—that thing in your backyard or, if you are lucky, the field and forests beyond.

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In Chiapponi's vision, you spend endless days dreaming (mostly) indoors and (sometimes) in nature, blanketed in the hug of a shearling coat, covered in the tactility of corduroy pants, painted in the lemon yellow of a pullover, or wrapped in the mixed leathers of a particularly well-made jacket. The fall wardrobe, which shows the artisanal hand of the label, also possesses hints of the ’70s, giving its outdoorsy direction a dose of swagger.

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#sevenT has an Inception-ish quality, too, in the way things seem to multiply and loop around. In a cream ensemble, Zurzolo dances in front of three mirrors arranged like a triptych. And then, he appears at the foot of a staircase over and over again. “I have learned that time can either expand or shrink,” narrates the actor. Alone in the world in these beautiful clothes, things don't seem empty. 

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