What could sculpture possibly have to do with down jackets? Giambattista Valli intends to show the fashion pack on Friday night when he unveils his first collection as creative director of Moncler's Gamme Rouge line, applying a romantic approach to a cold-weather staple.

"I worked a lot with volumes," Valli said during a preview, as a model rotated in an egg-shaped coat in silk duchesse the color of slightly yellowed marble. "It's to give a quilted jacket the attitude of something you could wear with an evening gown — or in a sporty way. There's an attitude, but it's very easy to wear. You just zip it up."

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