February 23, 2014 Milan
His instinct to clean up the bags and shoes and put an emphasis on construction both inside and out was a smart one. As a 160-year-old brand, Bally should stand for classics, although it certainly doesn't hurt that understated accessories are very much what's in the fashion atmosphere at the moment. Coppola kept hardware to a minimum, focusing instead on glossy leathers in subtly strong colors and non-flashy exotic skins. On the shoe side, an elegant pointy-toe pump and a stacked-heel knee-high boot with a vague 1970s feel both looked good. Among the bags, a square shape with one corner sliced off (an echo of the heel design on Bally's men's shoes) was the most distinctive.
Coppola described the ready-to-wear as "accessories to the accessories," but the clothes didn't look like afterthoughts. Here, too, there was an emphasis on craftsmanship and understatement. A camel coat, pinstripe trousers, ribbed pullovers, raw denim jeans, a leather puffer jacket—they were elevated basics, essentially, and strong building blocks for a revived Bally.