Imagine an encounter between minimalism and the sumptuous style of an impeccably groomed and eccentric. The Bally Spring 2016 collection is a tribute to both Italian refinement and French rigueur, where unexpected details are worn with whim and nonchalance.
“The clothes are a really nice vehicle to explain and give a mood to the bags,” Design Director, Pablo Coppola said at the spring presentation. “I need them for the ad campaign, for the look book. They’re like a great excuse.”
Coppola made beautiful sportswear that was pared down in attitude and ultrarich in fabrication. Quiet luxury is the term the industry has used. Coppola’s idea was the bourgeois of the future, where it would take on a Nineties and 2010s feeling rather than the Seventies aesthetic.
Highlights included an ivory silk tuxedo jacket that fastened with a streamlined hardware hook rather than a button; a double-faced cashmere vest with two long, folded panels in the front that looked elegantly relaxed over wide-leg drawstring pants and one of the most important shoes of the season: a loafer with a big buckled strap over the toe and aback that looked as if it had been broken down from constant sliding on.
The collection featured a tasteful yet modern unfussiness on the bags, which included quilted rectangular fold-overs and square top-handled styles.