Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The Merits of Timeless Style ... Bally FW2014 Collection

Jacqueline Kennedy ― in spirit ― waltzes through Bally’s fall/winter 2014 collection. The palazzo pants, the sports coat and the turtleneck top are some of the looks that often make up her storied – and often copied – style. 

Wait; there are glimpses of other style icons of the late 60s and 70s too such as Diane Keaton and Lauren Hutton. The long pants are so Hutton while the hat, the skirt and the blazers are indeed, Keaton’s. 

Perhaps due to the fact that the late Mrs Kennedy (later Onassis) and the other two are known for their timeless personal styles that appeal to women of all generations.

And perhaps, that sort of timelessness too works perfectly with Bally’s design DNA that spans over 160 years. Conceived by its new Creative Director Pablo Coppola, the ready-to-wear collection breathes the immaculate appeal of American fashion – elegant, minimal and most importantly, functional.
 
The pieces are easy to wear and brimming with daywear nuances. Jackets are cut out from supple leathers, shining in its utmost glory and paired with either knee-length or ankle-length skirts; blazers and sports coats are tailored with squared shoulders and pinstripe is the only print that you may see in this ready-to-wear collection.

There’s only one dress in this collection – a velvety body-conscious black dress with three-quarter sleeves and worn with a leather belt of matching colour that could be worn from the office and straight to evening functions. The rest are ensembles dominated by both flared and straight pants.

As Bally is known for its impeccable leather craftsmanship heritage, the accessories are imbued with references from the 1970s. The shapes are polygonal; clean and simple with minimal hardware and sturdy construction. As for shoes, oxfords for her in light yet earthy tones as well as flats and pointed-toe high heeled pumps and leather boots add punch to the ready-to-wear pieces.
 
Outerwear, on the other hand, dominates Bally menswear collection. The jackets are sporty and the coats are crafted out from various materials with a variety of texture – matte suede to leathery sheen. 

The puffer jacket looked light while denim trousers give the look some edge. In contrast, the shearing-lapelled jacket imparts a sense of rugged timelessness. 

Under the overcoats and jackets are the fall/winter essentials such as ribbed turtleneck top, ribbed button-down shirt, ribbed sweater worn over classic white shirt, cardigans and chunky knit sweater. These pieces are worn with straight cut trousers.

Menswear aside, the accessories seemed to impart greater impact than the clothes as the sizes of the carriers are big with ample space inside – perfect for men on the go. 

The bags are crafted from lush materials with a variety of texture, just like the outerwear. Footwear varies from a pair of casual white sneakers to glossy leather monk shoes and oxfords. Throw on a scarf and a pair of shades; you are absolutely ready to go.

Bally fall/winter 2014 ready-to-wear and accessories will be available at Bally boutiques, select fine departmental stores and multi-brand boutiques starting this autumn. 






 
*Photos by style.com/courtesy of Bally.

Bally – Ground Floor, Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Jalan Ampang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.

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