Simone Bellotti announced as Bally's new design director
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Simone Bellotti announced as Bally’s new design director

June 1, 2023

Simone Bellotti has been named the new design director of the Swiss luxury brand, Bally. This noteworthy appointment arrives a mere fortnight following the departure of Rhuigi Villaseñor, who served a brief yet impactful tenure of two seasons as Bally’s creative director.

Simone Bellotti, a designer with an impressive portfolio, discreetly became part of Bally’s team in the previous October after serving Gucci for an impressive span of 16 years. His wealth of experience extends beyond Gucci, having held key design roles at Dolce & Gabbana, Bottega Veneta, and Gianfranco Ferré. Bellotti’s proficiency encompasses both ready-to-wear tailoring and accessories, with a notable emphasis on accessories, which aligns seamlessly with Bally’s cornerstone business.

Bellotti’s inaugural collection for Bally is set to make its grand debut at the prestigious Milan Fashion Week in September.

Speaking on his new role, Bellotti expressed his admiration and respect for the company’s storied heritage. “Bally’s distinct Swiss legacy, intertwined with its historical journey marked by ceaseless innovation and pursuit of excellence, offers an incredible source of inspiration“, he remarked. “I am humbly privileged to contribute to Bally’s extraordinary lineage as its design director“.

The announcement from Nicolas Girotto, Bally’s CEO, was filled with anticipation for the bright future that Bellotti’s appointment heralds. “Simone Bellotti’s leadership will inject new vigor into our design studio“, he said. “His profound respect and passion for Bally’s heritage, fortified by his impressive industry experience, align with our commitment to crafting timeless, elegant pieces that continue to uphold our legacy of artisanal quality“.

Girotto, who has been steering Bally through a strategic renewal, is confident that Bellotti’s arrival will enrich the process, bringing a fresh perspective while honoring the timeless codes that make the brand so beloved. He said, “Over the last nine months, Simone has seamlessly become a part of our team and is perfectly poised to reinterpret and rejuvenate our signature elements“.

This September’s Milan Fashion Week is also anticipated to witness the premier showcase by Sabato de Sarno, former Valentino designer, at Gucci, marking a new beginning after the departure of Alessandro Michele the previous November.

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