"This one was about lightness and travel," he said of the latest collection. "What I think is amazing about a Moncler jacket is that it looks so heavy and protective, but it's so light that you can actually pack it into a small space. So the whole collection was based around trying to create garments that could be condensed into very small spaces." Green and his team presented paper mock - ups of the pieces to Moncler's team, showing how they might construct a garment with down pillows, "and how it could be folded through a series of hinges, and lips to suck the air out to reduce the volume of the down." That packability isn't so clear from the static lookbook images, he said - so there are videos showing how the pieces can be shrunken down.
After finishing the central exhibit, I moved on to Spazio Maiocchi, one of the city's hotspots for fashion and design. Right there was The Dune, an installation that included a mountain of red earth inspired by the torrid desert vistas of Santa Fe. Entering the installation, one found helmets, Texan boots, blankets, magazines - all a paraphernalia of authentic vintage pieces found and chosen in collaboration with Mask, a Santa Fe vintage shop, while, on the wall, there was a mix of Moncler garments hung together with vintage and collectible pieces.
Given the state of luxury fashion in 2018 - characterized by a widespread interest in collaboration, and a fully in - bloom affinity for streetwear - it makes perfect sense that Milan Fashion Week got things started with a partnership between one legacy label and a lesser - known (but cult - loved) designer. The legacy brand is Moncler, the Italian purveyor of all manner of puffy coats, and the collaborator is Hiroshi Fujiwara, who runs the extra - cool Japan - based label Fragment. Together, they've teamed up on a collection of jackets, vests, sweatshirts, and more - basically everything you'd need for fall and winter.