Moncler Grenoble FW2014/15 Collection transforms the stage of New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom into a unique audio-visual experience. Sixty men and women choristers dressed entirely in black and white will be lined up in a structure on several levels. In front of them, nine singers and an orchestra conductor dressed in down-filled morning suits, will take their place on as many hydraulic platforms. Pendulum Choir is the name of the ten elements of the a cappella voice orchestra founded in Switzerland in 1999 by André and Michel Décosterd. By creating a ‘body of sound’, the choir expresses itself through lyrical sound and is combined with the movement of the artists’ bodies, harnessing the mechanisms used to play with the force of gravity.
Traditional Alpine song is broken down and combined with electronic sounds to produce a thoroughly contemporary experience; an identical approach to that adopted by Moncler. The voices carry the mind at speed, the physical oscillations of the singers encourage profound silence of the kind that climbers only find at high altitude. Where the air is rarefied and the chill is absolute. Where everything is extreme. The appointment has been set for the February 8th at 7 pm, at the Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W 34th St, for a unique performance of a highly emotive impact.
The menwear and womenwear Moncler Grenoble collections have been conceived to reach the most impervious summits. Yet this season will once again see them confirming their dual sporty and metropolitan spirit featuring unbridled mountain technology. Not to mention silhouettes, details and colours that are also perfect for city life. For the womenwear range, the aesthetic impact is increasingly sophisticated. The long and short fur has become the hallmark of the season on both jackets and knitwear, with the latter made increasingly strategic. It sees a blend of baby alpaca with technical yarns, and hand-made models. Next winter’s cult will be all-in-one suits and tie-dye fur in graduated colours, ranging from intense hues on the background to absolute black. The stretch quilting reworks the tight embossing of skiwear from the ‘60s. The forms are still close-fitting, with an elegantly retro feel.
For the menwear range, too, the technical details define the spirit of the various garments. The mix & match of different materials remains a strong point of the collection, which features three dimensional and breathable waterproof mesh. The English wool, now a distinctive element of the Moncler universe, is all thermal and drip-proof, whilst in some versions the nylon sees a print that creates a tweed effect. Overlapping effects bring the men’s and women’s products to life, harnessing the light weight of the ‘longue saison’ down jackets which can be fitted inside other garments depending on the temperature, with colours that all match each other. Citylook trousers in wool or fine corduroy conceal a nylon core that ensures they achieve outstanding performance levels.