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Bally RTW Spring 2012

An illustrated poster ad for the brand's 1951 centenary celebrations offered some cues for creative directors Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz.

Bally RTW Spring 2012

Bally RTW Spring 2012

Photo By David Maestri

An illustrated poster ad for Bally’s 1951 centenary celebrations offered some cues for creative directors Graeme Fidler and Michael Herz. It featured a strappy shoe engineered in a way that recalls the school-yard game cat’s cradle. For spring, the designers updated the look, offering red or camel leather sandals and platform shoes with swirling and twisted straps that had a sense of lightness. “We were thinking about the idea of a young debutante and what she would wear today,” Herz said. So the duo proposed ultralight, knee-length perforated leather coats, some featuring varying sizes and placements of the punctures; pretty pink, blue and fuchsia dresses with lace, embroidery or leather appliqués, and a crisp cotton T-shirt with padded leather shoulder treatments. The Bally deb could accessorize these looks with a structured crocodile handbag or a suede evening clutch embellished with graphic Plexi shards.