The outdoorsy American lifestyle — seen from a European perspective — was design director Pablo Coppola’s starting point for Bally’s whimsical collection of ready-to-wear and accessories. A fishing flies print was scattered over silk pajama trousers and tops, while Boy Scout-style colored patches — which actually came from the Bally archive — popped on Army green cotton anoraks, and leather fisherman’s jackets came in safety orange. There were preppy looks galore, including navy blazers and a cotton silk corduroy suit with ankle-grazing trousers.
For those Bally customers with a more continental bent, there were looks that swiveled more toward the dandy, including rose-toned and suede jackets, bathrobe coats piped with the red-and-white Bally colors and velvet tuxedos in bold tones such as cobalt, which is rapidly shaping up as the color of the season. Footwear ranged from a rainbow of suede hiking boots to the new plume slip-on, which can fold in half for packing. There were also velvet evening pumps, and vibrant color-blocked leather sneakers that looked as if they’d been put together from bits of Lego.