Designer Francesco Ragazzi traveled from London, where he hosted a party in Camden with rapper Octavian, to New York City to host another soiree that drew guests such as Ronnie Fieg, Vashtie Cola, Nigel Sylvester, Young Paris, model Zahara Davis, and Kerwin Frost on the turntables.
The first 8 Moncler Palm Angels collection launched in October 2018, but the second effort from Ragazzi is a much bigger collection. “The first one was more like merchandise for the Genius project, while this one is like my own collection so it’s much bigger,” Ragazzi told WWD at the launch party.
The co-branded pieces, including down parkas, tracksuits, hoodies, and T-shirts, among other styles, feature graffiti, paint splatter, graphics, bright collage patterns and the phrase “mind control” on some styles. The “Palm Angels” graffiti tag that was seen throughout the store on mirrors, walls, and display windows is part of the collection’s theme of “Art Breaking.”
“I started with the idea of a vandalized art gallery,” said Ragazzi about the collection. “The purity of the lines and form that are in a second moment clashed with a protest. Moncler for me is about the simplicity of a product that comes to life in many forms. I wanted to have the form broken.”
Ragazzi said the second collection felt different than the first due to the number of sku’s designed, as well as the collection rollout. The stops in London and New York City will culminate in a final visit in Milan, which will coincide with the Palm Angels spring 2020 show later this month. The designer did not want to spoil the surprise of the next collection by providing any details, but it’s safe to expect a fashion experience.
Palm Angels held its spring 2019 runway show at a heliport in Milan and produced a fall 2019 runway show in New York City that rivaled full-scale concerts, and was later converted into a stage for rapper and friend of the brand Gunna to perform.
“For me, the show itself needs to provoke emotion,” Ragazzi explained. “[Spring 2020] will definitely be something inspiring.”
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