by Stephen Garner

Bally introduced its fall/winter 2020 collection through the sensory art performance during Milan Fashion Week on Saturday. Called Kaleidoscope, the immersive installation aims to enhance the seasonal message through subtle choreography, combining movement, film, and sound.

Constructed from the shoe up, looks merge natural colorways with heritage craftsmanship, textured materials, and fluid lines. One by one, classic, sartorial configurations reveal themselves, elegant, elemental and most of all free. Gestural, abstract prints, inspired by turn-of-the-century modernist art from Europe, marry archival Swiss textile patterns by Abraham Ltd., in a mélange that is effortlessly unexpected. Artful accessories and handbags own graphic dimensions and honor newfound signature house hardware.

The men’s ready-to-wear features warm, earthy tones and layered separates featured alongside signature leather jackets, whether cropped or mid-length in shearling and suede details. Sleek printed silk twill shirts and wool knits are paired with light-wash denim or five-pocket leather trousers.

A heritage of footwear craftsmanship is celebrated in the men’s collection with artisanal leather loafers including the Kensington and Nottingham, featuring new 1851 signature house hardware. The Austin Chelsea boot comes in variants of calf leather and suede while cross-gender, technical Curling boots feature Vibram advanced technology sole, exclusive to Bally.

For bags, the Atlas collection of sporty backpacks and cross-body bags feature a linear stitch stripe and bi-color details, while Raise, the sporty nylon theme, is characterized by bold buckle details and a water-resistant finish. The new Vestige collection with sleek lines features the 1851 hardware in a range of functionalities.