Brighter-than-bright, this collection came in a rainbow of citrus hues inspired by David Hicks interiors, Sixties Mods, and the Bally archives themselves. “I never think archives should be sacrosanct – it’s good to look at them, and then play around with them,” said designer Pablo Coppola, who also looked to Seventies sportsmen and Studio 54.
Among the more subdued looks was a fire-engine red linen and silk suit with wide-leg trousers, a lineup of nubby cotton turtlenecks with thick, faded stripes in orange or red, and an 8-ply cashmere v-neck embroidered with edelweiss, a nod to the company’s Swiss pedigree. The flower also also appeared on white leather sneakers, and as one of many patterns for a cool line of lightweight backpacks for spring.
The collection took a psychedelic turn with hot pink and orange ribbed knits, an emerald and yellow geometric patterned kimono, and a bright azure leather motorcycle jacket. A magenta short-sleeved top shot through with shiny yarn completed the eye-popping lineup. It was a beautiful, gutsy outing – although only for the boldest of Bally customers.