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Bally creative director departs

Luxury fashion house Bally has parted ways with its creative director, Rhuigi Villaseñor, just one year into the designer’s tenure at the Swiss brand.

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The house, owned by JAB Holding Company, will entrust its design studio team as interim design manager until a new organisation is put in place. A reason for Villaseñor’s exit was not given.

The Filipino-American designer joined Bally in January last year. The founder of menswear brand Rhude, his appointment was a surprising one, given his lack of career experience in designing for women. Under his helm, Bally returned to the catwalk after more than 20 years. and released two modern collections for women.

“I would like to thank Rhuigi for all his creative contributions during his time at Bally,” said Bally’s CEO, Nicolas Girotto.

“His passion, energy and creativity have helped propel Bally into the spotlight, further rejuvenating the brand’s 170-year heritage through a modern and glamorous vision. I wish him all the best for the next chapter of his creative journey.”

For the next chapter, the house says that design will be driven by the in-house studio “until a new creative organisation is announced.”

In March, Bally announced a high-profile collaboration with Oscar-winning actor and artist Adrien Brody, which will see the star make his debut as a designer, creating a series of standalone capsules for the label, to be launched by the end of 2023.