Though Moncler‘s hyper-functional garments better lend themselves to images of the ravaging cold and as part of a broader street aesthetic in colder climates, we would have never pictured the French-Italian brand’s outerwear forming the wardrobe for sixteenth century aristocrats. It turns out, all you need to do is throw a ruff around your neck and voilà, you’ve got a collection that immediately muses Western European classicism.
While ruffs are more of an Elizabethan fashion relic, Moncler’s Victorian Contemporary collection for FW17-18 nonetheless calls upon an aesthetic that seamlessly ties contemporary apparel to old-world romance, culminating in what could pass as period drama costume for an alternate history, one in which quilted outerwear saved the common people from frostbite and portraits of blue bloods were dope af.
Comprising a range of jackets, overcoats and knits, the monochromatic collection for women sees shades of dark grey and ivory adorn a broad spectrum of textures and silhouettes. Employing subtle detailing like crocheted inserts and gros-grain piping, items like sleeveless vests, knitted turtlenecks and cotton blousons masterfully bring elements of nineteenth century garb into the present.