Bally Women's Spring / Summer 2012 Collection

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Bally Reveals Women’s Spring/Summer 2012 Collection

For its Spring/Summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection, Bally explores a modern romance in which streamlined sportswear silhouettes meet precious, petal-strewn fabrics.

Fusing Bally's 160-year-old heritage of leather craftsmanship with a sense of Switzerland's landscape and traditions, plus images of a debutante in lace with Karlheinz Weinberger's photographs of 1960s working-class teenagers, joint creative directors Michael Herz and Greame Fidler have created a unique contemporary aesthetic for the brand, based around the notion of unexpected juxtaposition.

This second collection by Herz and Fidler introduces a couture-luxe approach to creating pitch-perfect pieces for modern dressing. It is tailored to a woman's needs for chic clothes that are not too formal. Iconic womenswear tropes - the trapeze dress, the shell top, the pencil skirt, the cardigan jacket, the collarless coat - are reinvigorated with a host of razor-sharp embellishing techniques to create pieces with a subtle drama.

Shoes are at the heart of Bally's luxury leather heritage, and techniques in modern leather craftsmanship have seen Herz and Fidler take their initial inspiration of a cat's-cradle-like sandal on Bally's 1951 centenary poster and rework it into a series of barely there pieces that recall the barefoot debutante. Every heel heights is present in sandals that range from blush-hued high heels with crocodile platforms to rose-red kitten heels and sorbet-cloloured slides, while leather is engineered into cord-thin laces and plump, filo-rolled straps that elegantly encase the foot.

Bags provide a further canvas to explore the innovative fabrications and contemporary craftsmanship of the ready-to-wear collection, with the strings of leather sequins, lace embroidered petals, swirls of applique suede filo rolls and mirrored shards appearing variously across three new shapes : the pouch, the A-frame and the boxy clutch. Colours reflect the light, natural tones of the collection in eau de nil, biscuit and peony.

Bally Spring Summer 2012 Women's Ready-to-wear

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Bally Spring Summer 2012 Women's Shoes

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Bally Spring Summer 2012 Women's Handbag

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