As Bally awaits the September debut of the first collection designed by recently appointed creative director Rhuigi Villaseñor, the Swiss brand presented a kind of palate cleanser that still had a definite identity and was in tune with its heritage.
Example: a beautiful leather jacket with a contrasting burgundy elastic mesh lining, playing on Bally’s leather know-how. A lightweight, padded, champagne-colored leather belted coat was as sweet as it gets. The tactile element was strong, as was the unisex vibe of the range. The twill of a jacket was treated to look like denim and it was worn over leather pants. The camouflage pattern on comfy recycled nylon joggers is reminiscent of melting snow, a nod to the brand’s mountain heritage.
Graphic and architectural forms marked the collection, as in the origami bag.
Managing Director Nicolas Girotto was enthusiastic about the arrival of Villaseñor: “a talented multidisciplinary designer who has a real respect for craftsmanship and that is fundamental to Bally. We immediately clicked and he understood the Swissness concept of the brand.