If we’d ever questioned why Moncler Grenoble chooses to show in New York, tonight we had our answer. With today’s ‘high’ temperature of a chilling minus six degrees celcius, a collection largely consisting of puffed-up down jackets and furry hats and gloves, Moncler is THE most desirable brand this fashion week. Although you might be forgiven for thinking we were at the September shows with a portion of the Fash Pack still insisting on bare legs and stilettos, a brave choice for a outdoor nighttime show.
Before we got to see a glimpse of the clothes, we were treated to a synchronized performance of eighty identical athletes around the Lincoln Plaza bedecked in head to toe ‘Smurf blue’ Moncler ski wear. Reminiscent of a College pep-rally, or a group of marching storm troopers, you couldn’t not be impressed by the incredibly sharp choreography and timing. When the models began to appear, we were ready for the exceptionally stylish technical skiwear and après-ski offerings. Down jackets and short skirts were covered in matching vibrant houndstooth and check, alongside knee-high fluffy boots. A fitted cropped monochrome peacoat with tight trousers all in technical fabric provided the ultimate way to hit the slopes in style.
This was a far cry from Alexander Wang’s AW show earlier today staged rather ironically in St Bartholomew’s Church. Long sleeved tops in barely there lace and colourful woolen knits were either emblazoned with the words ‘strict’, ‘girl’ or ‘tender’, or had the silhouette of a stripper on a pole. Preppy twin sets were punked-up and distressed whilst ladylike dresses and bags were adorned with marijuana leaves.