Exclusive: Craig Green On His Moncler Genius Collection
The lauded designer brings the outdoors into focus.
Nature is at the heart of Craig Green’s latest Moncler Genius collection.
The famed Italian outfitter has once again tapped Green for a spring/summer collection that – according to the PR guff – is focused on “elemental function,” and “harmonious forms.”
While, yes, that is a rather vague jumble of words, it starts to make sense when you learn that Green’s and Moncler’s latest collaboration – 5 Moncler Craig Green – is designed for the lighter seasons stemming from a reflection on our relationship to the outdoors, and how that has changed over the last year.
“The starting point for this spring/summer 21 collection for Moncler came from looking at garments for adventure. It’s about clothing that is made for being in nature, encouraging us to be outdoors,” says Craig Green.
Green both pares back the idea of functionality in clothing and then further abstracts it. Simultaneously, the collection keeps practicality and wearability firmly in mind, whilst favouring shapes that are connected to ideas of utility and uniform.
“The pieces focus on the feeling of freedom and lightness, as there is a different energy to designing a summer collection for Moncler,” comments Green. “In summer, the elements we encounter are different – it tends to be protection needed from exposure to elements like the wind and the sun.”
The sense of freedom Green is referencing is manifested through zip-up windbreakers and jackets in lightweight cottons and nylons, uniform jackets in sturdy cottons, paired with chinos. That’s without mentioning Moncler’s heady and iconic selection of fabrics including matte and shiny, ripstop nylons, in a palette of muddy tones with highlights of red, yellow, orange, tangerine, electric blue.
Moreover, different quilting patterns merge on cropped blousons, long parkas and shirt jackets. Sneakers, monogrammed bags and wallets complete the collection.
Central to the collection is Green’s reinterpretation of the Moncler monogram, using it to represent the symmetrical structures in nature.
“Moncler’s logo is a continuous shape, almost like the link from a chain. We wanted to build from this existing logo and extend the graphic lines to create something new, while celebrating and maintaining the graphic’s iconic shape,” explains Green.
Green, in his typical fashion, realised the new monogram form through sculptural rafts based around the monogram that is the symbol of 5 Moncler Craig Green.
On the evident synergy between Green and Moncler and his third stint in the ‘genius’ chair, he explains: “I really enjoy working with Moncler. We both share an interest in the practicalities of a garment and how we can push things forward. Moncler has an incredible history and heritage, which they encourage you to embrace and interpret in new ways.“
5 Moncler Craig Green is available in the Moncler boutique at Chadstone Melbourne, moncler.com and in selective wholesale networks worldwide.