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This year’s Lycée Français gala honored Dior president and chief executive officer Sidney Toledano.

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BALLY’S NEW HIGHS: Bally will celebrate the work of its fellow Swiss native Le Corbusier this spring, when the brand sponsors “Le Corbusier — The Art of Architecture,” which opens at London’s Barbican gallery on Feb. 19.

And beyond supporting the exhibition, which illustrates how the architect’s work evolved over his 60-year career, Bally also is taking design cues from Le Corbusier’s oeuvre. To mark the launch, the label will unveil the Ilya shoe, a snakeskin and suede platform sandal, and the Argus, a men’s deerskin leather bag, which Bally says are both designed to be “an embodiment of Le Corbusier’s modernist style.” The label’s Bond Street store will mount a window display from Feb. 17 to show off the designs, which retail for 350 pounds, or $522 at current exchange, for the Ilya shoe, while the Argus bag retails for 695 pounds, or $1,040. And Brian Atwood, creative director of Bally, noted there are plenty of similarities between the worlds of architecture and shoe design. “The disciplines are close in many ways,” said Atwood. “You work to combine line, structure and material into something both breathtaking and functional.”

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