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A Rhuigi retrospective

While Rhuigi Villaseñor’s tenure at Bally was short-lived, he produced standout looks that brought the 172-year-old Swiss luxury house closer to a younger audience.

It was only a year ago when the folks at MANTLE got excited over Rhuigi Villaseñor’s appointment at Bally. In this article, we talked about how the Manila-born designer, known to design with emotions and personal stories in mind, would translate his creative ethos from his streetwear label Rhude to the Swiss luxury house.

Meanwhile, in reviewing Villaseñor’s debut for Spring/Summer 2023, our design director noted that “a sense of refinement, sophisticated styling, and a focus on future classics informed the collection.”

To date, the former creative director’s exit is still shrouded in mystery. While we wait for the dust to settle, let’s go over some of the standout looks that showcased Villaseñor’s creative identity shining through Bally.

Ecdysis: Bally Spring/Summer 2023

Villaseñor’s debut collection exuded a seductive vibe through suede, python leather, form-fitting dresses, and strategic cutouts. Layered denim looks and vibrant colors also informed the collection.

Persistence of Time: Bally Fall/Winter 2023

Leather, faux fur, metallics, luxe overcoats, and impeccable tailoring defined Villaseñor’s second collection, which drew inspiration from exaggerated glamour, Hollywood, and après-ski aesthetics.

Photos c/o Bally