Style to last the season
For festive fashion that lasts in the New Year, turn to Bally’s carefully curated selection of accessories, writes Katie Baron
With Halloween neatly dispatched and autumn turning into winter, the customary countdown to a festive fashion meltdown is now officially on. Expect signature styles to be kicked to the curb in a blur of party hysteria, and looks with a two-week shelf life (at best) to disconcertingly appear in the hiatus before great taste resumes. Except at Bally, which is playing a very different game this festive season, focused on gracefully rising above such predictable sartorial sweats.
For 2018, Bally has curated a capsule collection of accessories capable of travelling way beyond the December circuit. Acknowledging that the best-dressed person at a party is rarely the one whose look screams ‘so-on-trend’, it’s a day-to-night series of effortlessly cool, fashion-forward pieces that warrant the extra investment. The temperature is still hot but via a distinctly elegant, evergreen and laid-back statement of intent.
Upholding Bally’s 160-year-old legacy of pioneering craftsmanship married to function and modernity, it’s luxurious materials, textures and finishes. Plus, there's a subtle retro nod to the brand’s very personal archival pieces that make this collection of staples sing – sliding across a design spectrum that straddles shoes, bags and even a deluxe backpack.
Take Janelle – a beautifully supple calfskin black-and-white leather slipper for women embellished with silver studs, a distinctive gold buckle and an unusual ‘babouche’ counter heel that allows the back to be worn either up or fully down. Inspired by traditional Moroccan slippers, they conjure a picture of decadent, low-lit lounging, and the ultra-satisfying promise of a little personal adaptation. These are shoes to drive in, dance in and then kick off seductively at the end of the night. So key is this piece there’s also a Janelle shoulder bag. Directly inspired by the buckle of the shoe, its boxy, pleasingly restrained and slightly retro silhouette (alongside a discreet zip pocket and subtle turn-lock clasp closure) is designed to ooze standout sophistication against an otherwise the chaotic backdrop of the party season.
Building on that simmering vision of low-key glamour are Emily and Emme, a low-heeled women’s leather pump and ankle boot, respectively. Trading flirty for beguiling, both come with glossy square toes and sculptural, laser-cut, gold-mirrored heels that simultaneously suggest both disco and boardroom. They epitomise the attitude of the edit.
For men, there’s Janelle’s male counterpart Welmin – a classic, gentlemanly penny loafer in grained deer leather pumped up with a signature leather sole. Plus, a sleek, extremely soft black calf leather backpack called Shake – a gift to those living in the city for whom transit is an everyday experience.
Trainers, too, reaffirm the high-low vibe, and a dissolving of the once impermeable boundaries between daytime duties and evening fun that’s recently extended into festive etiquette. Referencing the vintage charisma of Bally’s own original Super Smash trainer, the Super Smash 2.0 is hybrid of old-school charm and new-era luxe – the vulcanised rubber sole of the very first version remains, as does the trademark round toe and embossed logo, blasted into the 21st century with a metallic platinum stripe.