"Bally is a shoe company, so it's all about a coat, long legs, and a shoe," Michael Herz said at the company's presentation today. For Fall, he and his design partner, Graeme Fidler, imagined an après-ski scenario, using blocks of fake ice to prop up their ice pick-heeled hiking booties and suede OTK boots with climbing rope detailing. If some of the footwear erred on the gimmicky side, the clothes tread more lightly on the theme. Outerwear, as Herz promised, was the focus. It ranged from a cool cropped leather jacket paneled with goat fur (it looked almost as if a vest had been tossed over it) to a toggle swing coat cut in a herringbone tweed to a blue bonded leather peacoat. Dresses in an Edelweiss jacquard and a black and white check had the same thigh-grazing silhouette. Ditto the short sheepskin frock. It sounds like a head-scratcher, but it worked.
A small room was devoted to accessories that riffed on Bally's 160-year history. There were lots of different takes on brogues, but not a conservative pair in the bunch. It looks like the company is in inventive hands with this creative duo.