This season, Moncler, the Italian company best known for its down jackets, expanded its Genius project. The result is a series of collections with labels ranging from the British designer Simone Rocha, with a cult following, to up-and-comers like Richard Quinn. Collections will be released every month for the remainder of the year. With interactive presentations that lead guests on a broad journey that arguably showcased some of the most interesting and complex pieces of Milan Fashion Week so far, it's clear that these collaborations are worth more than the hype surrounding them. Here's everything you need to know about the best mini collections within Moncler Genius' latest launch.
Pulling inspiration from his wild fall 2019 collection full of bold florals, inky latex and couture-shapes, Quinn added context to the collaboration by structuring his own statement-making shapes into new forms of down jackets.
Rocha, who has collaborated with Moncler Genius in the past, used her signature girlish and dark aesthetics to create pieces that resembled her own style. In particular, the red and baby pink pieces were standouts.
Pierpaolo Piccioli's pieces were a kind of three-way collaboration, and some of the most exciting pieces structurally. Dynamic quilting and dramatic volume gave a couture sensibility to each look. Liya Kebede, friend of Piccioli and model, lent a hand when it came to the prints — all based of her Ethiopian label lemlem.
Emerging menswear designer Craig Green was inspired by lightness for this collection. In fact, he designed a series of specialty zips that helps each down jacket fold into a single flat square.
Poldo Dog Couture
The fashion world needs more cute animals. Monler's collaboration with Poldo Dog Couture delivered on that. Tiny chihuahuas wore bright puffers in turquoise and pink and little greyhounds donned logo printed down jackets with adorable hoods.