Eternal, magical, unpredictable: Ballin Fall-Winter Collection 2016/17 melds contemporary and heritage style with unique flair, capturing the curiosity of an elegant woman with a strong identity. The pureness of nature and the sequence of time are evoked by echoes nestled like solid truths, reworked through original, avant-garde designs to create four different themes.
The fatal attraction of the universe, moon and stars is epitomised by Celestial theme, enchanting for its use of textures and shimmering applications. Spherical heels studded with silvery rhinestones embellish pumps with crossover straps. Innovative ‘flared’ heels, set with lustrous pearls, bring a burst of energy to square-toed shoe-boots in lamé velvet, satin and glossy patent in a dark colour palette. The allure of galaxies and planets seen through a telescope is reflected on star-studded velvet and satin sandals and rounded clutch bags; like fragments of a comet, transparent stones are scattered across black leather lace-ups.
Luxurious, spirited elegance shines out from the Gold theme. The sheer sensuality of the seam running up the back of the hosiery is evoked by stiletto heels with a vertical gold line, the choice for a sensuous pair of all-black pumps. Tartan-effect textures and clear plexi heels flecked with gold, silver, copper and amber evoke precious stones. The iconic gold ingot appears on the T-shaped strap for chic gold and silver laminated leather pumps; the ingot decorates traditional shoe styles reworked in animal-print pony skin.
Land Art theme embodies the magnetic bond between man and nature: the lines evoke branches, leaves inspire the colours and the materials draw on elements such as wood and stone. The result is the homogeneous patchwork featured on squared-heeled ankle boots or more linear designs with multiple straps, which mix up different animal print for a hippy-chic look. Enchanting winter gardens with frost-covered flowers are embroidered onto black moccasins with panzer soles, while ultra-soft woven black nappa leather resembles the centuries-old roots of oak trees on flat ankle boots and high-heeled shoes.
There is a strong call to the ‘70s in Post-vintage theme. A new point of view of contemporary elegance stands out clearly in black suede western-style camperos boots decorated with rhinestone-studded buckles, or feminine ankle boots in leopard-print pony skin which bring the platform shoe firmly back into the spotlight. Original Matryoshka-doll effects conjure up a sense of interlocking shapes and evolutions, seen in the lines of iconic décolletés and developed into high-cut shoes and ankle boots as well as bold-looking boots. Wide bands of grosgrain are wrapped around the feet to form a huge bow – Ballin’s iconic motif – which enhance décolletés, ankle boots and rectangular clutches in a chic and sophisticated style.