>> Brian Atwood to Leave Bally? —Despite a Bally spokesperson dismissing rumors of Brian Atwood departing the brand — "Brian is still the Creative Director for Bally. He is currently working on the next collection and, no, he is not leaving" — multiple sources say otherwise. Supposedly, the designer and label had been in negotiations, and he is expected to step down by the end of this year; he was informed of the decision a few days ago, according to one source, but plans to continue his eponymous line. [FWD]
Brian Atwood is gradually having a heavier hand in Bally's creative vision. Right on. For Fall, the brand stuck with muse Christy Turlington, who is paired up with Oriol Elcacho. According to Atwood, "Christy is simply the perfect Bally woman; graceful, intelligent, and natural; she exudes a sophisticated ease; her sensual beauty is perfectly complemented by Oriol’s strong and confident presence." The scene, shot by Mario Sorrenti, balances architecture with natural simplicity. The couple are striding — sophisticated, at ease, and confident. I can't help but stare at Christy's belted sheer purple print dress. The ads could have more pizazz, but are lovely nonetheless. Thoughts?
>> For Fall 2009, Bally stuck with the same team as Spring 2009 — Mario Sorrenti photographing Christy Turlington and Oriol Elcacho, this time styled by Lori Goldstein in a darker, more sophisticated light — because as Creative Director Brian Atwood put it, "For me Christy is simply the perfect Bally woman; graceful, intelligent, and natural; she exudes a sophisticated ease; her sensual beauty is perfectly complimented by Oriol's strong and confident presence. Both Christy and Oriol are wonderful to work with; consummate professionals who allow the process to flow so seamlessly, it is difficult to call it work." If rumors are to be believed, he'll be sharing Christy with Yves Saint Laurent this season, because Stefano Pilati thought she was the consummate YSL woman.
Kristen Bell never ceases to amaze me with her ability to deliver fresh cocktail attire. At The Hangover premiere in LA, the actress posed in a plunging Brian Reyes dress. Her vintage House of Lavande necklace, Bally clutch, and Brian Atwood pumps are all showstoppers, but what I'm most impressed by is her nude belt that comes with the dress. Let me explain: the belt changes the look in an unexpected way. Imagine the outfit without it — cute but not at its peak, right? Next time you're getting dressed, remember, the simplest item can elevate one to Fab status.
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Last night's Costume Institute Gala was overflowing with sensational looks — did you rock your fashion vote? All the frocks were amazing but every stylista knows accessories are key to completing the whole ensemble. Footwear last night ranged from quirky platforms to sexy stilettos while clutches dazzled. Were you paying attention to who wore what? Take my quiz to see if you can guess the Met attendee by her beautiful accessories!
Is that you Rachel? Brian Atwood for Bally befitted Rachel tonight, and though she looks darn sexy, she doesn't look entirely comfortable. Rachel doesn't play the sexy card very often, but that's Atwood's forte. What do you think? Her ruched teal strapless dress fits her physically, but what about her personality?
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Since taking helm of the 150 year old brand in 2007, Brian Atwood has made Bally a fashion forward brand to watch. This season Atwood turned to Helmut Newton's photos of Bianca Jagger and Charlotte Rampling to inspire a collection that was full of sex appeal and luxe thirties and eighties references.
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Wasn't I just fawning over Resort time maxis? It's a combination that won't quit — and continues to impress on the red carpet. Joy brought some much-needed cheer to the Art of Elysium red carpet last weekend. Doesn't look like she's loving it? Joy is becoming quite the Missoni missionary — she wore two Missoni dresses her wedding night — but can you blame her? I've had a longtime love affair with not only Missoni's signature prints, but they're modern silhouettes and jet-set vibe.Joy looks like she just threw on this draped yellow maxi, but she didn't forget some key finishes. Her ivory Bally clutch added structure and her equally yellow David Yurman earrings and bracelet were totally luxe. Per usual, Joy appears fresh faced and natural, what a stunner.
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For his first ad campaign as creative director of Bally, designer Brian Atwood chose to work with supermodel Christy Turlington. And why not? She's still got what it takes. Mario Sorrenti snapped Christy and male model Oriol Elcacho as a sophisticated and nonchalant couple lounging poolside in Miami Beach. Nice. The vivid colors of the lawn chair, the crisp green grass, and blue pool water serve as a happy background for Atwood's slick shoes. Do you approve of the outcome or should Atwood have gone another direction?