For the Spring/Summer 2016 season, O.Ballou shifts its focus from Italy to Spain, and the small fishing village of Port Lligat, Cadaqués – where Salavador Dali once took up residency. This period in the Surrealist painter’s career is seen as especially important, and the collection offers a return to a similarly simple and rustic way of living 100 years after his first summer holiday there in 1916, (which he spent with the family of Ramon Pichot). Fittingly, O.Ballou found additional inspiration from the films of Luis Buñuel, as well as from contemporary Spanish artists Adria Cañameras, Mar Ordoñez, and Adrian López Peña.
The brand’s continued relationship with contemporary artists and craftspeople continues into the forthcoming season with the development of a series of textiles with London based artist, Jacob Yarwood. Heavy Italian linens have been incorporated in a selection of outerwear, with these garments made in France by a supplier that has specialised in traditional work-wear for over 80 years. A range of extra-fine T-shirts, in double mercerized cottons, add a sportif touch, with luxury jersey fabrics sourced from Japan, then constructed in Italy. Once again, O.Ballou’s relaxed silhouette and cut is central to this season’s tailoring – hand made in Italy.
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