by Stephen Garner

For spring/summer 2021, Bally presents “Elemental Balance,” a collection honoring its heritage of craftsmanship with natural materials and legacy details. Presented for the first time in a virtual format, and accessible worldwide through its dedicated digital platform at Bally Studio, the new season collection celebrates the enduring, intrinsic power of the handmade.

Exploring the symbiotic relationship between humans and the environment, the collection offers intimate ideas of luxury in a sanguine world, where micro-woven leathers, raw raffias, and finely interlaced straw commingle, reinforcing the importance of time-honed techniques.

Men’s ready-to-wear this season sees casual-luxe leather jackets and overcoats layer over brightly-colored knits, light denim, and patterned pine motifs. Refined silhouettes, belted trenches, and bi-material linen and suedes strike a refined, urbane look. Colors are neutral and earthy tones from bone, ginger, and khaki to fiery ochres complement cool watery hues, from lighter ocean to darker midnight blues.

Men’s shoes feature the brand’s signature sneakers in vintage colorways, while dress shoes take on a new life with micro-woven leather details, alongside the new Glide leather sandals with graphic B-Chain motifs for effortless ease. House hardware, including the 1851 and B-Chain, presented for the first time last season, are reinforced across categories on core classics and drivers for men.

Men’s bags are bold with graphic heritage marks inspired by archival references seen printed on natural materials, as with the twill cotton Coaster tote, or across leather and straw. The Bally Frame animates the Vestige with laser-cut leather, as the B-Chain logo subtly features in embossed leather or nylon; the High Point collection of men’s accessories continues to resonate with Bally Stripe details.

This season, Bally chose to showcase its collection through a film. Titled “Daydream,” the film, which was directed by Antonio Monfreda, depicts a dreamlike moment lost in nature, a youthful group band together in a field of reveries, outfitted in the new season collection.