Posted on 12 March 2012.
When it comes to the refined details, no one quite does it like the Swiss. Bally celebrates its 160th anniversary and what better way for the label to celebrate then by paying homage to its Swiss heritage? With an exclusive collection – the Edelweiss Collection for women – the theme is preppy with a twist and each lovingly-crafted piece carries the specially designed 160th logo that incorporates the Bally crest. The brand’s creative directors Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler say, “We are committed to defining the future with not only contemporary collections, but also making Bally’s craftsmanship visible in fresh, modern ways.”
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Posted on 09 June 2011.
Gone are the days when designers treated their craft like some KGB-like company secret, operating behind closed doors. These days fashion houses seem keen on accepting guests – to the selected, earnest few, of course. In 2008 esteemed Italian suit maker Brioni embarked on a three-year collaboration with students from London’s Royal College of Art, passing down Brioni‘s decades of precious sartorial expertise. Now Swiss legend Bally has selected five bright-eyed and bushy-tailed students from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design to make their women’s shoe designs a reality. These five students – Estefani Cortes Harker, William Hendry, Frida Hoflagare, Stephanie Turner and Charles Youssef – were whisked off to Bally’s last and heel manufacturers in Italy before being transported to Bally’s Swiss shoe factories to work on the prototype with Bally’s craftsmen. In September this year, Bally presented these works of art to the public, and are now available in Bally stores worldwide. One of the designers, William Hendry, crafted a sleek black curved heel (pictured), citing modern history as his key influences. His design is sophisticated and exquisite yet practical. He says: “How humans live is a major element within the design process; how clothing has the capability to define or disguise a person, a nation or even a time and affects how the world sees us.”
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