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Moncler

Founded in 1952 in Monestier-de-Clermont, Moncler started out producing quilted sleeping bags. It wasn’t until later that they went on to design iconic down jackets, for which they are renowned today.

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About the designer

Abbreviated from its hometown of Monestier-de-Clermont, Moncler was founded in 1952 by René Ramillon and Andrè Vincent. The creative duo set out from the French Alpine village to construct quilted sleeping bags, unaware their creations would spark a creative process that resulted in the world’s most renowned down-filled jackets.

The French brand, now based in Italy, is favoured for its technological heritage and timeless DNA. The label swiftly adjusted from crafting lifestyle gear to designing lightweight and highly coveted goose-down jackets. The down apparel even headlined in the 1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics. When Remo Ruffini became both CEO and creative director in 2003, Moncler was relaunched. The Italian entrepreneur elevated the athletic-inspired silhouettes to exclusive garments, ensuring the styles would attract a wider array of customers. High-quality materials met unrivalled experience, resulting in a range that transcended outerwear. Unique detailing, graphic patterns and a distinct knack for innovation now epitomise the Moncler philosophy.

Collection spring/summer 2018

Though loved for its outerwear, Moncler doesn’t shy away from showing its softer, feminine side. For SS18, the French label presented its collection in a fairy tale setting, mimicking a dance party filled to the brim with shimmering disco balls. The first models walked the runway in off-duty ballerina looks consisting of relaxed silhouettes,  trimmed with lace and the occasional tulle frock. A steel grey sweater-inspired bodysuit was paired with a simple tulle skirt, while blue, white and red accents – referencing the French flag – accentuated the cuffs. Light grey legwarmers and ballerina flats were omnipresent throughout the presentation, even when the silhouettes transformed from being soft and pretty to exuding a streetstyle sense of sass. Excellent layering and fearless combinations were shown in a white ensemble, with a soft and feathery skirt matching the coordinated top. Layered with a casual button-up jacket that was fastened at the collar, the get-up alluded to a ballerina leaving the ballroom without losing her poise. Though leg-baring silhouettes spearheaded the first part of the show, the finale consisted of maxi lengths that hinted to Moncler’s romantic side. Blush tones were featured in a floral maxi dress layered over a figure-skimming grey top, matched with a flower-printed parka that provided the sense of warmth that a prima ballerina in mid-spring France so strongly desires.