The challenge for a brand like Bally is how to implement its fundamental shoe and accessory style on a ready-to-wear collection. The design duo of Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz perfectly found the balance in their first capsule collection for S/S11, making the clothes “the accessory to the accessories”. Inspired by German-American photographer Erwin Blumenfeld’s film work because of its surrealist take on 1930s style qualities, Herz and Fidler paired the film influences with Bally’s own archive pieces from the 30s and 50s. Using a light colour palette (beige, tan, nude, white), Bally also injected a bit of sunshine yellow, blood red, grass green and shark blue for a brighter take on the next summer season. Focusing on bonded leather and silk, the Bally silhouette was streamlined, creating a chic sport look. Many shapes were architectural in its structure, especially the leather outerwear. Add to the strong RTW collection an array of metal-brushed heels and brogue inspired shoes. Also the bags - some in sharkskin - impressed equally.
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