When you have a 150-year plus archive to dip into like Bally's co-creative directors Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz do, things are bound to get referential. And yet with their latest collection they managed to find a perfect balance between the old school and the modern.
Working with toe shapes from the 60s and upper designs (on the shoe that is) from the 30s, they presented a collection of intricately designed footwear in a variety of colours — the modern touch being the fluoro green and bright orange that reappeared in highlights throughout the collection. The bags were designed to work back with the shoes and had a similar pattern — the leather was cut to create swirling lines. One style of bag was almost like a basket, as the pattern created spaces between the leather pieces. Presumably only those of us whose bags are not full of irrelevant and/or overly revealing stuff should be allowed to use these.
The ready-to-wear collection also had a 60s vibe, but rather than looking rehashed or dated it was fresh and sporty — one of our favourite pieces was a boxy, white leather bomber jacket with a hood. It was very Jenny From the Block, Swiss-style.