A key force of the Moncler Genius platform since the very beginning, Francesco Ragazzi’s Moncler x Palm Angels collections have evolved like chapters in a book, fostering values of freedom, individuality – and lightness. Lightness in terms of puffy volumes and soft textures, but also in terms of a hedonistic sense of freedom.
February 2023’s epic The Art of Genius London Fashion Week event, where a community of thousands was immersed in a Palm Angels foam party in partnership with London’s Boiler Room, set the tone for this year’s collection. Fast- forward to a new campaign by Suzie and Leo where themes of jovial effervescence are reignited through a series of film vignettes and stills, portraying liberated partygoers that almost float through each frame.
The gender-neutral collection is a further exploration of Ragazzi’s endless fascination with vintage (particularly the ’90s) and Americana archetypes, interpreted through the distinctive Palm Angels filter. It exudes a post-preppy feel, taking elements from that enduring code and turning them around and upside-down on cable-knit sweaters, cable puffers, and an aged leather biker jacket.
The varsity sports-inspired story comes in block stripes and incorporates polo shirts and a reinterpretation of the style that’s oversized and padded like a duvet. Details are also pulled from the classic button-down oxford shirt and used as accents, like button-down collars on zip-up puffers or an oxford patch shirt turned into a whole puffer jacket. Outdoor prints on puffers and cargo pants mix with cricket stripes, while lighter jackets are layered under oversized duvets. There is an evident relaxedness to the whole: oversized skater jeans and tracksuit bottoms are the finishing layers of fresh couplings that include beanies, caps, oversized totes and shades, and Peka Trek hiking style boots with bold contrast rubber detailing. It all adds up to a take on California preppy that is both familiar and surprising at the same time.