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From the moment Milan-based outerwear specialist Moncler unveiled Craig Green as part of its Genius project – an explosion of creative energy that initially saw eight designers reimagine its iconic down-filled outerwear – back in 2018, he has provided an imagination-igniting, future-focussed take on outdoor clothing. Each 5 Moncler Craig Green collection has left us daydreaming about delving into nature. Today, the mere act of being in nature feels transformative and his spring/summer 21 is centred around our renewed relationship with the elements, embracing the possibilities within the natural world to propel us forward.
The playfully ambiguous new monogram symbolises this hopeful propulsion. As thick coiling lines provide a zoomorphic Rorschach test, do you see an impression of a platypus, frog, or another form? Smooth and flowing, the monogram echoes symmetrical structures in nature. For the campaign, this amphibious form is realised in the form of sculptural rafts. Jump aboard 5 Moncler Craig Green, better times are ahead.
Throughout the collection, Craig pushes pragmatic garment-making and reflects on function through an intensely imaginative vision that delights in the duality. As the transparent is juxtaposed with the opaque and quilted with plain, as matt meets shiny and water washes over land, this considered collage of contrasts embraces difference and finds the balance in between. Keeping practicality and wearability firmly in mind, he devises items that are engaging and suggestive, while favouring shapes connected to the realms of utility and uniform. Zip-up windbreakers and jackets come in lightweight cottons and nylons. Uniform jackets are cut in sturdy cottons and paired with chinos. The choice of fabrics is iconic for Moncler and includes matt, shiny, ripstop nylons, in a palette of muddy tones with highlights of red, yellow, orange, tangerine, electric blue. Elsewhere, different quilting patterns merge on cropped blousons, long parkas and shirt jackets as sneakers, monogrammed bags and wallets complete the collection. Who’s ready to explore nature with us?