2 - MONCLER 1952
The latest instalment from Moncler’s ongoing genius project, 2 Moncler 1952, has been revealed, and is continuing to seamlessly elevate design boundaries by merging exquisite craftsmanship and heritage in perfect harmony. The sartorial experimentation continues as Sergio Zambon tackles menswear and Veronica Leoni takes the lead for womenswear.
As Zambon approaches fashion with the curiosity of an anthropologist and the voracious eye of an art lover, the designer delved beyond the hard bones of Tokyo’s hyper-kinetic metropolis and into its soft centre, where an environmental conscience sits high on the agenda, redefining the pace of modern life. Bringing an energetic note to the Tokyo dialogue, Sergio Zambon sought the assistance of Karo Akpokiere when developing prints. Akpokiere’s comic-like deconstructions of the Moncler logo or incorporation of newsprints from 1952 add dimension to the pieces, allowing Zambon to create a tone that is both feisty and direct as the story of the collaboration is pushed in new directions.
With the looks being a pop in their vibrant immediacy yet clean in design and naturally genderless- the collection adopts a Japanese metropolitan feel. Starting in total black with unexpected quilting patterns, the collection seamlessly moves to the hyper-technicality of light-reflective puffers that evolve to assortments of green and a saturation of bright hues, creating vivid juxtapositions. The collaboration marries Moncler’s performance and a fashion-forward mindset in a natural way with subtle twists, through a proliferation of nylons, technical organza, cotton, and ribbed knits.
Usually conceptual and playfully wearable, the design process of Veronica Leoni commonly requires colliding progressive thinking and sensible garment making. However, Leoni’s new collection is dominated by the opposite as she is driven by very ‘of the moment urges’ as she found herself holding an innate need for reassurance and a wild urge for escapism. As a result, this collection is crafted around the concept of her dualistic soul that helped her see the beauty within her personal confliction as she simultaneously felt grounded while she dreamt of escape.
Despite staying authentic to the values held by Moncler, the collection shapes the brand’s vocabulary in new directions. Throughout the collection, the cinched waist is either vigorously elasticated or tied with a belt, followed by a full skirt that marries winks to traditional fifties femininity with the dynamism and contrasts of today. Leoni has created looks that are layered and personal: a non-formulaic invite to individual interpretation. Such features create contrasts of unabashed femininity while being pragmatic, extravagant and clean, bold and spontaneous.