Inspired by early 1990s London and orbital rave culture, this Sergio Zambon designed Genius collection looked like a stealth classic for those who know. While Zambon confessed that his own early raving was done in Rome, his research into volume, color, collaborators and spirit combined to create a Moncler flavored homage that rang true against its source material.
“It’s about the fun and the play of that rave period,” said the designer: “and there is something very appealing about bringing out a childish side in a crazy and free way.”
Sherpa Clarks Wallabees in an acid red or orange (or more chillout-zone beige) and piumino hooded Barbours—one yellow, the other in a strong ocelot—were the two collaborations that acted as respectful samples from back in the day. T-shirts or hoodies with woo-woo reworkings of the Moncler logo referencing smiley, psychedelic flyer art, and yin-yang symbolism were in sync with the kinetic and frenetic graphic style of the time. An all-Moncler jacket, again in Sherpa, featured teddy bear ears on its hood—weirdly also once a micro trend at repetitive beats rituals. Crochet spiral hats were as crusty as you can imagine Moncler ever getting. Wisely, Zambon omitted to reference white gloves, pacifiers, or glow sticks.
When it came to pants, you could feel another rush (to the Moncler store) coming on: tie-dyes overlaid with workwear style patching and string ruched parachute pants were breezily reminiscent of that era’s baggy bent but also sweetly aligned with today’s gorpcore yen.