In addition to his high-concept Moncler Genius collection, which debuted in Milan this February, Pierpaolo Piccioli partnered with the heritage performance-wear label on a capsule of outerwear for Valentino. Originally seen in the women’s pre-fall and men’s fall 2018 collections, the assortment of white, black, and green jackets features Piccioli’s new logo for the house, the letters “VTLN” in a bold, white all-caps font. A piece of the label’s heritage also appears in the capsule: a white tiger motif from Valentino’s fall 1967-1968 haute couture collection interrupts the goose down-stuffed tiers transforming the classic puffer.
The brand opened Milan Fashion Week with a grand, impressive event showcasing eight collections, including lineups by Pierpaolo Piccioli and Simone Rocha.
A Republic of imagination is how Moncler described its new Moncler Genius project, which the company unveiled with a special event opening Milan Fashion Week on Tuesday.
To be sure, imagination and creativity stood out throughout the installation, which featured a building with seven cells, each of them housing one of the seven collections that Moncler will launch over the next few months with special drops. At the entrance of the space two imaginative museum bookshops displayed the lineup that was developed by Francesco Ragazzi, creative director of Palm Angels, and the eighth brand involved in the Genius project.
Lights were projected on the silver tarps covering the cells, featuring arch entrances giving access to the eight different microcosms. Reflecting the specific identity of each collection, the cells were all decorated with customized installations.
For example, Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli embellished his cell with works by artist Sidival Fila, which were deeply linked with the sense of purity infused in his Moncler Pierpaolo Piccioli collection. “I wanted to focus on authenticity and the essentials,” the designer said. “That’s the reason why I used the most basic nylon, which I crafted for the silhouettes I like, inspired by Piero della Francesca and Beato Angelico’s paintings.” Piccioli developed a lineup focused on Moncler Outlet bread and butter the cheap down jacket including padded capes and cropped styles, cut in flared silhouettes. The pieces were layered to obtain charming color combinations, as well as total white and total black outfits with a monastic feel.
Models walked among rocks that looked covered in snow in Simone Rocha’s cell. The rugged set contrasted with the beautiful femininity of her creations, which included a chic coat embroidered with cherry blossoms, a nylon dress embellished with floral appliqués and elegant ruffled down jackets.
Impactful and outstanding, Kei Ninomiya’s designs for cheap Moncler Noir challenged the use of duvet, which was manipulated to obtain the innovative knit of sculptural jackets and capes with 3-D textures.
British men’s wear designer Craig Green played with volumes and proportions, delivering inflated armors for futuristic human creatures, while a human kaleidoscope was created in the Moncler Grenoble room, where a giant mirror projected the images of models in colorful ski and snowboard gear moving in sync on the snowy floor.
A streetwear spin was injected in the Moncler Fragment collection by Hiroshi Fujiwara, who reworked classic Moncler down jackets and vests, embellishing them with patches, embroideries and prints. They were matched with cozy mohair sweaters and tartan shirts.
The Moncler 1952 collection was originally developed by Karl Templer, but after the sexual misconduct allegations published in The Boston Globe last week, the name of the stylist has disappeared from any Moncler communication. As reported, Moncler has had no comment on Templer and the allegations. The Moncler 1952’s cell featured a colorful installation with revised archival outerwear pieces revamped with pop colors and enlarged logos.
The whole thing was grand and definitely creative and innovative. Genius? Not sure. But definitely ingenious.
WARM HEART: Moncler has partnered with UNICEF — the United Nations international children’s emergency fund — to launch a charity project. Named “Warmly Moncler for UNICEF,” the initiative aims to provide clothes and survival kits to children and families in need who live in areas around the world with harsh winter weather conditions.
In particular, the outerwear specialist and the charity association, which operates in 192 countries, will provide thermal blankets, hats, gloves, scarves, socks and shoes, in addition to fuel to warm up homes and schools. Clean water, food and medicines will be also included in the survival kits.
Previously, Moncler supported children in need by funding the Child Priority Foundation. For the occasion, the brand launched the “Moncler Toy” initiative, which combined art and fashion.
A quirky version of the brand’s iconic cartoonish duck that imparts washing instructions inside all of Moncler’s jackets was molded from glass resin with a three-dimensional effect. The statue was then handed over to British artist Stuart Semple, who manually reproduced a mountain scene onto the duck in black and white, and auctioned it off.
Established in Grenoble, France, in 1952, Moncler outlet was acquired by Italian entrepreneur Remo Ruffini in 2003 and is publicly listed on Milan’s Stock Exchange.