The Diplomat’s daughter: Bally

Always razor sharp to the extent that at times it actually sports a hard edge, Bally’s fall / winter 2012 collection has an interesting point of inception. To craft the collection Bally Creative Directors Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler imagined they were designing a range that would appeal to the daughter of a diplomat. That in itself is right up Bally’s alley; diplomats’ daughters not only have the world at their feet, they have the wardrobe to go with the lifestyle. But an imagined customer isn’t enough for Bally’s designers, they imagined the period too. This is a Bally collection inspired by a Bally customer circa 1970.

Which is an interesting bit of specificity on Herz and Fidler’s behalf. We’ve all grown familiar with what pieces inspired by the 70s fashion revival should look and feel like, but Bally offers up nothing obvious.

What it offers up instead is the sharp and the angled, plenty of leather and some peplums as accents (expect to hear plenty about peplums as winter 2012 approaches). Where it really excels, though, is in its accessories and it was hard for me to walk through Bally’s Milan fashion week show room without coming away with two things firmly engrained in my mind. The first was Bally’s fall 2012 icon boot: a women’s interpretation of Bally’s popular hand-made Bally Scribe men’s shoes. The other was a new bag for the season, a bag that is effectively a diplomatic case shrunk to classic clutch size and finished in matte French calf with ostrich trim.

You can see all of the Bally autumn (fall) / winter 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

Photographs courtesy of Bally