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The Genius of Genius

Connor Childers | August 21, 2018 | Style & Beauty

This fall, Moncler enlisted the creative eye of eight designers—from streetwear-style gurus to classically trained couturiers—to merge their individual visions with the brand’s cold-weather staples. The resulting fragmented range of silhouettes somehow brilliantly aligns, illustrating a complete singular image of the functionality and versatility of the house’s code.

MonclerFall.jpg3 Moncler Grenoble Explosions of prints—from bold floral motifs with a slight ’70s tilt to rugged plaids and vibrant stripes—decorate Moncler’s more playful yet technical line of ski and cold-weather gear. Mixed and matched to a careful degree, the patterns take on a life and texture of their own, wrapping and enveloping the wearer to both warm the body and entice the eye.


$580-$2,200, 3 Moncler Grenoble

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1 Moncler Pierpaolo Piccioli Purity has become a signature of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s work at Valentino, where he has served as creative director since 2008. Piccioli’s blending of the past and present results in clothing that strikes a chord with the women of today. Channeling the Madonna, his Moncler collection elongates the classic Moncler duvet and renders it in an exacting A-line shape for a sense of divinity and a couturelike stature.

$2,140-$3,565, 1 Moncler Pierpaolo Piccoli

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2 Moncler 1952 Bold pops of color bring the house’s most technical and functional collection to life for fall with a reinterpretation of what modern-day cold-weather clothing can encompass. The line—named for the year of the brand’s founding—enlarges and tweaks the classic logo and pairs it with contrasting hues. Think lemon yellow with electric violet, turquoise with burgundy, and bright orange with grass green to elevate mountain gear to everyday wears.

$305-$1,450, 2 Moncler 1952

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5 Moncler Craig Green Where other designers can simply seek to reinterpret everyday pieces, Craig Green’s creations rewrite the dialogue between clothing and body. Easily the most conceptual of the Genius collections, Green pushes the boundaries of dress and sculpture. Evoking a fascinating blend of inspiration, the designs feel part spacesuit, part otherworldly warrior. By inflating the silhouettes and expanding the volume with tourniquetlike bands around the model’s limbs, Green produces an artful mix of modernity and tension.

$685-$1,745, 5 Moncler Craig Green

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6 Moncler Noir Kei NinomiyA Kei Ninomiya is as synonymous with his impactful creations as he is with his painstaking craftsmanship. For his Moncler collection, Ninomiya blew up his sculptural shapes and manipulated Moncler’s classic down with his hallmark use of leather to textural triumph. The standout is Ninomiya’s rendering of individual duvet strands transformed into a knit—a tedious task that single-handedly shows off his intricate mind.

$885-$10,685, 6 Moncler Noir Kei Ninomiya

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7 Moncler Fragment Hiroshi Fujiwara The term fragment both names the collection and defines how Hiroshi Fujiwara thinks—taking opposing parts of different subcultures and compiling them to define something new. Fujiwara merges classic Americana interpretations with his iconic Japanese streetwear spin: turning lumberjack plaids into puzzles, fair-isle sweaters into shaggy mohair school uniforms and varsity jackets into of-the-moment staples—all adorned with the four cardinal directions for a truly global solution to dressing.

$505-$3,335, 7 Moncler Fragment Hiroshi Fujiwara

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4 Moncler Simone Rocha While the other designers’ main focus was outerwear, Simone Rocha’s collection assembled individual deconstructed ready-to-wear pieces that, when put together, build her contemporary yet nostalgic aesthetic. Lace-trimmed transparent skirts give ease to weighty petticoats made from the Moncler duvet. The collection references Rocha’s love of Victorian dressing and juxtaposes it with detailed embellishments and modern-day proportions.

$2,140-$2,780, 4 Moncler Simone Rocha

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8 Moncler Palm Angels With the L.A. skate scene at its core, Palm Angels has created a buzz in the fashion industry over the past few years and has emerged as a leader of streetwear. Adorned with logos and kitschy millennial sayings such as “Make It Rain,” the collection for Moncler focuses on the tracksuit and sport-driven sweatsuit dressing. Mostly in black and candy-apple red, the pieces’ cropped proportions and slick and shiny take on the Moncler duvet scream Instagram bait for today’s effervescent fashion die-hards.

$280-$645, 8 Moncler Palm Angels

All at Moncler, The Shops Buckhead Atlanta and moncler.com.

Hair by Johnny Caruso using R+Co | Makeup by Camille Thompson at Bryan Bantry Agency NYC | Models: Jordan Paris, John Todd, Jake Larhman, Kara Gall, Masha, Lily Lightbourn



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Photography by: Carlos Ruiz | Styled by James Aguiar | Shot on location at 11th St. Workshop, Jersey City, N.J.