On what was the coldest day in New York this winter — it is mid-February, after all — it was quite difficult to understand why Moncler opted to host its Grenoble fall presentation outdoors. At night. Sure, fashion sometimes hurts — uncomfortable heels, suffocating bustiers, too-tight leather pants — but this was torture. Editors and buyers were forced to stand in the cold on Lincoln Center’s terraces with no blankets or heaters for about 20 minutes as they endured the sub-zero wind chill.
The frigid conditions definitely didn’t allow attendees to enjoy the performance that opened the show to the fullest. Moncler enlisted 80 athletes, wearing light-blue ski suits with helmets of the same color, who marched across Lincoln Center Plaza in a spectacular choreography inspired by the opening of college sporting events. The athletes were then joined by models, who aligned themselves in the square.
The collection itself included an array of ski and after-ski options, incorporating technical details in a sporty-chic look. A houndstooth pattern took center stage in the women’s range, appearing on a hooded jacquard jacket with coordinating pants, created through embroideries on a lacquered nylon padded material. The fitted silhouette enhanced the feminine feel of puffers with fur inserts, which were worked in a bright color palette of vivid yellow and orange.
The men’s offering ranged from down jackets with classic plaid motifs and graphic checks to high-tech options, including the newly introduced snowboard outfits cut in oversize shapes.