May 13, 2021

Old School Style: Swizz Beatz x Bally Celebrate Design Collaboration

“This is a high fashion situation,” announced Swizz Beatz on-stage Wednesday at New York’s Public Hotel. A crowd of nouveau club kids flocked to celebrate the record producer’s first creative partnership with Bally, which features apparel designed by Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo.
“It was my mission to partner with a brand that had a legitimate heritage that ties back into arts, music and fashion,” explained Beatz of the collaboration. “You see so many brands overdoing it now, but Bally has been doing it since the Eighties.”
Ahead of the old-school affair, which featured a DJ set by Kid Capri and performances from Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky, an intimate group endured swampy humidity for dinner beneath an outdoor tent.
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Guests — including Beatz’ wife Alicia Keys, his son Nasir Dean and DKNY creative directors Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow — sat against pillows adorned with the cartoonish fire drawings by Cavolo that will adorn footwear from the collection.
“Flame to me is like energy,” described the heavily tattooed Spanish designer. “When something is happening and it’s full of energy — that’s fire.”
Cavolo, who is the first of Beatz’ hand-selected artists to

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