January 14, 2012 Milan
Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz's success at Bally comes in part from their increasing the shoppability of the label. They've got a sure hand for tweaking archival classics to create new pieces, like their Zurich pump, but a smart head for offering manifold versions, too. For pre-fall, the Zurich comes in suede, patent, and nappa leather; special versions come in hand-painted ostrich and croc. For the ready-to-wear, the designers kept the house message strong with pieces incorporating leather, whether partway, as in the trim on a flannel blazer, or full-on, as in gathered-waist skirts and trenches. Silk dresses and skirts were printed with an abstract floral adapted from the Bally archive.
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