Here’s a recap of Moncler’s rather surprising collaboration with Rick Owens: The partnership was announced back in February and is separate from Moncler’s own monthly, collaborative Moncler Genius project. Moncler x Rick Owens involved a tour bus that was specially retrofitted with padded interiors.
The tour bus was actually used by Owens and his partner Michèle Lamy to travel from LA to land artist Michael Heizer’s Double Negative installation in Nevada. And thereafter, it was exhibited in Milan in the middle of February.
In addition to the epic tour bus (it’s pretty much how one would imagine Owens’ mobile living quarters be like—black, grey and somewhat cold), Moncler also designed a capsule collection based off Owens and Lamy’s personal styles and most-worn pieces. Fans of the duo would already be familiar with the unorthodox proportions, design details and draped aesthetic that they’re known for. Moncler took those elements into account and injected their signature padded craftsmanship into the mix. And this particular capsule collection is now available in stores.
Moncler x Rick Owens is designed to be a unisex collection comprising of a rather extensive range of outerwear, oversized tops, trousers, headgear and footwear. The colour palette is unmistakably Owens—blacks, browns, greys and chrome—with the collection distinguished by its unique top-stitching design that expands out from the centre into a sort of starburst effect.
Owens wanted to express life at its most vulnerable for Moncler x Rick Owens; the garments act as symbols of protection against conflicts. It’s a fitting concept given Moncler’s unparalleled designs that are meant to protect a wearer from the elements. And what are clothes if not armour against everything and anything?
The Moncler x Rick Owens capsule collection is now available at Moncler’s flagship stores as well as online at moncler.com.