Robb Interview: Moncler Collaborator Sergio Zambon
Sartorial progression and why LA is America’s current cultural capital – we speak with Moncler’s latest ‘Genius’.
Allowing freedom to create and (re)interpret – it has become an enviable and anticipated sartorial display, one widely respected and coveted in equal measure; progressing the notion of Moncler as a label and plotting unique new paths well-removed from historical associations of puffer-laden Aspenites.
The 2 Moncler 1952 collection again furthers things, splitting men’s and women’s across two designers with Sergio Zambon (former head of menswear for Fendi) and Veronica Leoni (ex Jil Sander and Celine).
The result is a colourful collaboration that sees both designers exhibit their personal expression of the fabled Italian label, while also delivering a certain sense of harmony linking the collection.
We recently spoke to Zambon about the experience.
Robb Report: How do you ensure your expression, and Veronica’s, finds what we can see as this sense of alignment?
Sergio Zambon: Veronica and I share the helm of the 2 Moncler 1952 collection and, when designing, we both have in mind Moncler’s heritage. We try to approach this aspect from different angles, giving two interpretations of the DNA of the brand. Therefore, our collections are different, but we find a common space in some design choices, for example, in the colour palettes.
RR: Do you draw inspiration as such from whats she’s doing on the women’s side?
SZ: We are always in contact and we are actually friends outside work, but we try to give two different interpretations of Moncler.
RR: How do you think the collaborative effort echoes the sentiments of the Moncler Genius ethos and how is that reflected creatively in the clothing?
SZ: Collaboration and freedom of expression are the foundation of the Moncler Genius project and this is something that I also integrate organically in my design process. I often collaborated with other creative minds such as graphic artist, artists, designers always making sure that the DNA of Moncler shines through the garments. A good example of this attitude is my 1952 Moncler Collection where I’ve worked with four different artists – Balt Getty, Libertine, Undefeated and A.D. III.
RR: Where does Moncler sit within fashion’s various spaces – do you consider it to be streetwear or is it something else entirely?
SZ: In the fashion industry today, I see Moncler organically at the right place. The brand has the right mix of luxury and streetwear, which is very “in” in the system right now.
RR: You openly reference the city of Los Angeles in the collection notes – how is such an influence actually represented in the pieces.
SZ: For this collection, I’ve decided to collaborate with the city of Los Angeles through local artists and creative minds. That’s why I’ve chosen to collaborate with Balt Getty, Undefeated, AD.III and Libertine, creating a collection that still keeps a very strong tie with Moncler’s DNA. What I like of LA is that it is the city that more than any other in the last years was able to transform itself from a cultural point of view: it managed to go from an American city to a worldly city. For this reason, its lifestyle is so much more contemporary than other cities such as NY and that’s the reason why, for example, many creatives moved from NY to LA. It’s a city where the culture is very lively but at the same time the vibe is very laid-back.
RR: What has been LA’s predominant influence on fashion generally?
SZ: Historically, Los Angeles has always been the capital for easy and laid-back fashion, thanks to surfers, hippies, and underground people. I think that the loose and laid-back style of streetwear epitomises the coolness of LA.
RR: In working with brands like Undefeated, did you take a more athletic approach to this collection?
SZ: I always try to find in the collaborations a common ground where the two creativities can meet. Specifically related to Undefeated, we developed an army surplus style where cotton and nylon, which is the iconic fabric for Moncler, were mixed.
RR: Does one item from the collection stand out as a personal favourite?
SZ: I really love the macro ikat printed down jacket.
RR: In your words, how do you describe this collection?
SZ: As a kaleidoscope – because the collection can be seen from various points of view: in terms of colours, juxtapositions, sparkles, textures and mixing of seasons together.
The 2 Moncler 2 1952 Collection is available now; Moncler.com