Last Wednesday in New York at the Moncler boutique on Prince Street, the brand presented its latest Moncler Genius collection—”2 Moncler 1952.” Presented in collaboration with Valextra, it expands on Moncler’s sophisticated energy in youth culture with a new series of relaxed luxury. The collaborative line—born from shared values, dedication to quality, and involvement in today’s culture—is an unexpected montage of contemporary, timeless pieces.
There to guide guests through the space and collection was Moncler’s menswear designer, Sergio Zambon, the brand’s womenswear designer, Veronic Leoni, and Valextra’s CEO, Sara Ferrero. Special guests of the brand like artists, models, authors, and musicians stopped by to check out the new pieces, while enjoying cocktails, cookies, and conversation throughout the night.
For the new men’s collection, Zambon emphasized his focuses at the house—working with graphic and fine artists. New pieces show work from Brooklyn-based calligraphist and director Romon Yang (ROSTARR). With an ode to the 1970s in style and tone, graphics were seen on knitwear pieces and jackets with “1952”—the year the house was founded, and the name of the collection itself appears to be hand-drawn. Central to the collection are the parkas and zip-up blousons, while oversized cross-body bags and weekenders draw attention.
While womenswear had a similar tone, there was an added emphasis on layering. Materials like bouclé wools, bleached tartans, and fishnets were seen combined and contrasting with padded tailoring, macro gingko prints, and nylon. Detachable linings and other fine-tuned details recreated shapes for both functionality and fashionable statements. Patches—created in collaboration with Itchy Scratchy Patchy—give certain jackets a biker feel. As for the bags, we see totes enlarged and down pieces turned into keychains—all certainly inspired by Valextra’s minimality to evoke new structure.