Early in November, Moncler issued an official announcement stating that its two runway collections — Moncler Gamme Rouge and Moncler Gamme Bleu — will no longer be showing, with the Spring 2018 season as their last. With the ousting of Gamme Bleu’s creative bigwig Thom Browne, Moncler has a gaping cool-factor hole to fill. In comes New York City’s streetwear mammoth: Ronnie Fieg’s Kith.
The collaboration made its first appearance at Kith’s headlining runway show during New York Fashion Week in September. The extensive lineup of over 100 looks for men and women placed the likes of LeBron James and Scottie Pippen on the catwalk, and brought in a handful of other collabs with Nike, Champion, Adidas, and Off-White.
For Moncler, the full range of extensive assortment features the house’s trademark puffy down jackets, as well as logo-laden sweaters, tees, hoodies, joggers, gloves, balaclavas — and of course, the purpose of bringing hype instigator Ronnie Fieg in, footwear.
Done in Moncler’s go-to French flag hues — blue, white and red — Kith did a wintry take on Fieg’s all-time favourite model, the Asics Gel-Lyte III. There’s also a leopard-print pony hair remake on the classic hiking boot silhouettes of Moncler. Alternatives include nubuck or calf leather with heat-retaining shearling-lined interior.
The streetwear community has embraced Moncler over the past decade, collectively revering the European luxury label as the best winter gear-makers. Fieg agrees in a statement: “It is the most top-tier outerwear brand when it comes down to materials, construction, and style. When you think of the most pinnacle cold-weather product, Moncler sits above the rest.”
If Fieg is your streetwear hero, and the high peaks of a skiing resort is where you’re heading off to next, you’ll know what to pack.
The Kith x Moncler collection is now available in Moncler boutiques and online. Select special garments are available exclusively at Colette Paris.