Moncler Hosts Photographer-Laden Party at New York Public Library

Lucky Blue and Pyper Smith
Lucky Blue and Pyper Smith

MONCLER’S SNAPSHOT: Sure, sure everybody’s a photographer in these iPhone-wielding days, but at Moncler’s party Thursday night that really seemed to be the case.

Fabien Baron, Hans Feurer, Lachlan Bailey, Craig McDean, Brigitte Lacombe, Mario Sorrenti, Charlotte Kidd, Terry Richardson, Olivier Zahm, Pamela Hanson, Roxanne Lowit (…you get the picture) weathered the rain to get to the New York Public Library. Some like Calvin Klein skipped the seated dinner for 200, stopping by just to check out the “Art for Love” exhibit. The Baron-curated images are also in a new book and an online auction — no small task.

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Moncler uk chairman and chief executive officer Remo Ruffini explained, “For me, these are the 32 best photographers. I made my own list. It was easy to make the list, but very difficult to convince them.”

Guests eyeing the “Art for Love” images included Lily Kwong, Liya Kebede, Toni Garrn, Nan Bush, and Pyper and Lucky Smith.

Fashion Preview of Moncler Art for Love Exhibit

for Moncler's Art for Love exhibit.
for Moncler’s Art for Love exhibit.

The Moncler president was speaking recently before the label unveils a private exhibit at the New York Public Library featuring the work of 32 of the most celebrated names in fashion photography on Thursday night. This story first appeared in the September 10, 2015 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Curated by Fabien Baron, the editorial director of Interview magazine, the group includes Patrick Demarchelier, Arthur Elgort, Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber and many others. Ruffini asked each of them to shoot Moncler Outlet Maya duvet jacket — which was designed the year the brand was founded in 1952 — however they wanted for the group show. “It’s something really incredible because we gave [the photographers] the freedom; we didn’t give them any brief,” Ruffini says. “We said you have to do exactly you, and that was really the key.”

The resulting images couldn’t be more varied. Hans Feurer shot model Hana Jirickova at the Place de la Concorde in Paris — the relatively straightforward photo was inspired by “a strong, self-confident woman.” Paolo Roversi, meanwhile, wanted to capture “first adventures,” so he shot his daughter, Stella, near the Pont Alexandre III bridge over the Seine at 3 a.m. Pamela Hanson shot one of her muses, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, in her Chelsea apartment in order to depict the jacket in the most “natural way.”

Others strayed from candid snapshots. Raymond Meier propped a silver mannequin up inside what appears to be a walk-in refrigerator, for example, while Brigitte Lacombe used a cat as her model. “You really see the jacket but in different ways,” Ruffini says. “In some pictures it looks like a sports jacket, in some pictures it looks like a piece of art.”

Called “Art for Love,” the exhibit will support the HIV and AIDS research organization amfAR through a silent auction — also available through Paddle 8 — at a dinner Thursday expected to draw some of the top names in fashion photography, such as Terry Richardson, Vinoodh Matadin and Inez Van Lamsweerde, plus the participants in this exhibit and their muses. Funds will go toward amfAR’s “Countdown to a Cure” project, which aims to find a cure for AIDS by 2020.