Richard Quinn and Matthew Williams have been added to Moncler Genius’ roster of designers.
London-based star Quinn, who won the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design last year (18), and Williams, known for his 1017 ALYX 9SM label, will both present collections for the Italy-based apparel company in Milan on 20 February.
Regarding the idea for tapping rising fashion talent for limited-edition collections, chairman and chief executive officer Remo Ruffini, explained that the business model acknowledges the diversity of the contemporary customer in the digital era.
“Moncler Genius is an answer to the times, a symposium of creative minds and an inspiring place. Each Genius operates singularly, and the sum of the Geniuses interprets the Moncler identity,” he said in a statement. “Different rooms house different visions, all of them shaping the global Moncler message and the Moncler Genius Building contains them all.”
Quinn and Williams will join other established Moncler Genius designers at the show, including Sergio Zambon and Veronica Leoni for Moncler 1952, Sandro Mandrino for Moncler Grenoble, Simone Rocha, Craig Green, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Palm Angels’ Francesco Ragazzi, and Poldo Dog Couture.
There will also be a line from Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli and model Liya Kebede.
Last year, Piccioli made a splash with his Moncler Genius collection, with the line including includes zip-up hooded capes, padded duvet-like coats, and basic down jackets, while the accompanying campaign featured models posing in settings evocative of Medieval Madonna paintings. Actor Ezra Miller also hit headlines when he stepped out at the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in Paris in November sporting a daring black coat with matching hood and gloves from the line.
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