Luxury brand Bally is on a creative mission to change its ready-to-wear image — hence the $60,000 pair of crocodile-skin judo pants in its fall collection. For looks more suited to daily wear, creative director Pablo Coppola turned to some popular muses of late, Margot Tenenbaum and Francoise Hardy, and doused them equally in bright colors and a black-and-white palette. A key look — a weasel-fur coat shown with a bright wool jumper — nodded to Gwyneth Paltrow’s character in Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Similarly playful, and even more literal, was a yellow zip-front jacket worn with a tennis headband and a dress over a pair of skinny, cropped pants. Francoise Hardy, the French chanteuse, was channeled via the swinging Sixties style of a black cotton-tweed lacquer-coated peacoat.
There were, however, plenty of modern pieces for those uninterested in character dressing. A tailored blazer with asymmetric fur trim on the lapel and pocket — paired with a skinny pant and a purple wool bomber jacket with ombré fur collar, as well as a camel A-line skirt — fit the bill perfectly. And given that accessories are the house’s staples, the new Bally B turn bag, the chunky-heel Chelsea boot and slingback loafer, and a Bally crest trunk set will all help the Swiss brand to achieve its goal.