The French-Italian brand, Moncler, announced a collaboration with Off-White’s Creative Director, Virgil Abloh.
Moncler, a European brand known for their high-end outerwear and accessories, will collaborate with Virgil Abloh – the mind behind Kanye West’s projects and founder of Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh™. The Autimn/Winter 2016-17 Menswear collection called Moncler O draws the inspiration from the fishermen of the Northern seas.
Styles include long jackets and puffer coats both with fixed or detachable hoods, waistcoats inspired by lifejackets, long and short Parkas that are completely unlined and with stitching reduced to the bare minimum. Anoraks with multiple pockets rework the classic waxed sailing jackets; they are either left unlined or are padded to suit sub-zero temperatures. Over-size trousers exist with an elasticized waistband and drawstrings made of MAC, a typical double waterproof cotton inspired by Britain’s nineteenth-century Navy uniforms. Finally, slightly retro matelot garments are presented in a heavy, pure wool crêpe and are scored by deep pleats and French-style pockets.
The details will include prints of the stormy skies as well as Abloh’s hallmark, leitmotiv, diagonal stripes reoccurring throughout the collection. A key element is the technological details and fabrics: glossy or opaque PVCs with a velvety hand, checkered nylon with a laminate finish on the reverse, heat-sealed polyurethane films, ultra-light cottons printed with exclusive patterns, waterproof tapes and zips, equipped with a pull that recalls the “easy zip pullers” of wetsuits.