Insta-Critic: Moncler’s British Invasion

For today’s idyllic adventure into the foggy woodlands, Moncler drew inspiration from some of the most iconic (and male-dominated) of English institutions. The Queen’s guard made an appearance in their double-breasted red finery and fur hats. There were fox hunters too, but their tailored pieces were elongated into sharp coat dresses. Equestrian elements like jodhspurs and riding helmets turned up throughout the show. Moncler gave these elements a twist by embellishing jackets and hats with fur and bits of sparkle.

Taking hat cues from a British icon

Another look from the Moncler Gamme Rouge Fall-Winter 2015/16 Show #moncler #gammerouge #fw15 #pfw

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#Moncler Gamme Rouge gets the red out. #PFW

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Tweeds and checks

Watch Moncler’s Entire #LoveFactory Presentation, in Case You’re in Need of Some Extra Lovin’…

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Moncler is always a fashion week treat — whether it’s a flash mob in Grand Central or a symphonic treat at Hammerstein Ballroom — and this year’s show, which fell on Valentine’s Day, was no different. In theme with the holiday, the collection presentation showed Moncler-clad couples… even a winter bride and groom. Take a look below.

Not to Miss: Watch Moncler’s Winter Symphony Spectacle at #NYFW

Every season we can count on Moncler to put on a real show during fashion week — a flash mob at Grand Central in 2011, a mirrored line up of models at Gotham Hall in 2013 — and this season was expectedly over the top.

When the curtains rose at Hammerstein ballroom, 60 Moncler-clad models appeared  in a grid, with a hydraulic-powered symphonic chorus center stage impressively singing while on somewhat treacherously-moving metal stilts.

The coats are always something, but the show is definitely something else.

Take a look, below:

STYLE SCOOP: Selling Saint Laurent, CFDA Improves NYFW, and More

Investing in fashion: Moncler’s shares shot up 39% already – too quickly, according to the chief of the Italian stock market.

TGFCFDA (Thank god for CFDA): The CFDA is teaming up with Fashion Calendar and Ruth Finley to provide editors and CFDA members with a more organized calendar of shows and presentations, organized by men’s/women’s wears, presentation/show, time and venue. It’s part of an overarching effort to improve the entire fashion week experience – improvements that are much needed. This will all come into effect by the February shows.

In opening news: Rick Owens set up camp in Miami with a new Design District shop. Miansai bowed in SoHo.

Saint Laurent problemsJust because all the fashion folk are taking issue with Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent, doesn’t mean his collections aren’t still selling out. Granted, he’s making limited quantities of those multi-thousand dollar grungy sweaters, but accessories are another story entirely. And they’re selling out, too.

Chanel apologizes: Kind of. A rep apologized for Fashionista’s “misinterpretation” of the Metier d’Art show, which included model Caroline de Maigret in a Native American headdress.

FOMO Major: The NYT finally delves into our terrible, awful, Instagram-induced FOMO.

3-D’s the thing: Fashion takes to 3-D for jewelry, and even a pair of Victoria’s Secret angel wings. Shapeways leads the way.

Image: Saint Laurent pre fall

Art Basel Art Overload? The Shopping Worth Stopping for in Miami

Between Art Miami, NADA, Pulse, Design Miami… the list goes on… there’ll be a point this week when all we want is some breathing room, a cocktail, and a little retail therapy. Fortunately, part of the Art Basel festivities include designer collaborations and Miami-centric beauty. Here’s what’s worth hitting while you’re in town:

Our Lady Linda

The Gap and Visionaire are collaborating for the second time (11 years later) on a limited-edition series of 45 t-shirts. One features the lovely Linda Evangelista (the super of all supers, in my  book). The tees will be available at Gap in Miami and NYC, and at – where else – The Webster.

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Piamita x The Webster

What better boutique than The Webster for Miami’s best fashion (a little less Hervé and a little more Proenza)? Coinciding with Art Basel Miami Beach, The Webster’s collaboration with loungewear brand Piamita hits the store with flamingo-laden silk separates. Perfect to wear in the day, for dinner, or to bed, this set will take you anywhere. 1220 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

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NARS Loves Miami

If you’re heading to Miami from NYC, chances are you had to dig into the depths of your closet to find something less black and more … exuberant. If the thought of a shocking pink dress is too painful to bear, you might be able to work in a splash of Miami heat across the face a little better. Cue: NARS Loves Miami, a collection of the best-selling colors from the beach in one very convenient box-set. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour.

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SUNO’s Capsule Collection at The Webster

The Webster will be the only place to find this SUNO capsule collection – eight tropical-fresh pieces full of bright colors and prints (flamingo-mascot-inclusive). The Webster’ll host a party to kick off the capsule.  Available from December 5.

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Colette Art Drive-Thru at Alchemist

For a completely different shopping experience, roll on over to Herzog & Meuron’s parking structure (5th floor). Place your order and let girls on roller skates deliver your selections right to the car window – think André “Art Smoke” e-cigs, a Rolex by Bamford, Delfina Delettrez jewels, a Darcel beach towel, and a Moncler/Pharrell collab, among many, many other things.

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Happy shopping.

Moncler x Thom Browne Luxe Puffer

Gentlemen, if you’re feeling the need to splurge this winter—you know, Gstaad via your G550 from Teterboro—why not round it out with this amazing duck-down puffer jacket from Moncler’s Gamme Bleu line? Gamme Bleu is a joint collaboration between European skiwear specialists Moncler and American sportswear mastermind Thom Browne. Needless to say, the fledgling collection is performance luxe at its peak.

Structured à la the traditional Moncler puffer, this woolen piece is altogether practical, fashion-forward, and insanely comfortable. It also comes in a navy waterproof version with pinstriped oxford lining—perfect for the world’s most exclusive double black diamonds. Available at Moncler New York, 90 Prince Street, 646-350-3620.

Pharrell x Moncler, Terrence Koh x Converse

Men’s fashion is really hitting its stride with artist and designer collaborations this fall. Just yesterday I posted on Michael Stipe teaming up with Maison Martin Margiela, as well as John Bartlett and Alex Carlton’s soon-to-debut collaboration. Now comes news that both musician Pharell Williams (no stranger to fashion or furniture design) is teaming with iconic French fashion brand Moncler, while avant-garde artist Terrence Koh is partnering up with Converse. Williams is following in the footsteps of quite a few designers (Thom Browne has designed a capsule collection for Moncler in the past, as has Visvim, a Japanese streetwear brand), designing a special edition of men’s jackets. “The all-black lineup will make its debut for fall 2010 and includes a ‘pacifist’ version of the bulletproof jacket, with Velcro-ed side slits, reversible matte/shiny down vests and elongated puffers,” says Women’s Wear Daily.

And Williams isn’t just making a social statement via his designs; he’s doing so with his materials as well. “Mirroring Williams’ environmental activism, the jackets are fashioned using textiles from Bionic, a three-year-old company he controls. Bionic spins yarns and fabrics from recycled plastic bottles,” adds WWD. While Williams’ collection will be all-black (save for the linings which feature images of forests photographed at dusk by Japanese artist Keita Sugiura), Terrence Koh’s collaboration with Converse is all white. The downtown NYC artist created a pair of high-top, monochrome leather sneakers for the iconic brand, which will retail for $150 a pop at Opening Ceremony starting November 21. While the price may seem a bit steep, keep in mind the designs are part of Converse’s artist series — meaning, the brand will donate a percentage of the shoes’ sales to help fight AIDS in Africa.

Return of the Puffy Jacket

imageBaby, it’s cold outside. And this coat looks truly comfy and warm. Famed French outfitter Moncler has unleashed the Austin, a limited-edition jacket inspired from the coats they made made for the coaches of the1968 French ski team. And remember where those Olympics were held? Grenoble! Cold, cruel, and nuclear Grenoble. “Far from being overstuffed, the royal-blue jacket is slimmed down,” reports Men’s Vogue. “But still sports enough high-quality goose down to keep you warm, whatever the wind-chill. Only 220 of the coats have been made, with the first five now up for auction on eBay (proceeds go to DonorsChoose.org). Bundle up, Michelin Man.