Moncler Gamme Rouge SS17

Bleu, blanc, rouge (blue, white, red) have always been the signature colors of France, but they also represent Moncler, a skiwear brand with a proud French heritage. This season, creative director Giambattista Valli cleverly used that bold combination of colors to decorate his latest collection for Moncler’s luxurious ready-to-wear offerings from the Gamme Rouge line. Valli – known for his ultra feminine styles and penchant for shimmering embellishment – presented a collection with a sportier feel, a trend we’ve seen all over the Paris runways during the past week. With patriotic trims, oversized logos, exposed zippers, and athletic details, this collection was a slight departure from more precious offerings usually reserved for the Gamme Rouge range.

The opening looks, topped with kepi hats of the French Foreign Legion variety, featured drawstring waists, jumbo Moncler emblems, and tri-color details on webbing and across the straps of sneakers. In what felt less like a runway show and more like a military parade, models walked across sand-covered floors in separates clearly inspired by military desert uniforms. That isn’t to say that there weren’t plenty of moments of opulence; they were just discreet. At times, grosgrain ribbons belted the waist. Certain separates (including capes!) were decorated with three-dimensional embroideries, and there was a standard spring injection of lace. Even these tangential additions to the collection felt cohesive, thanks to Valli’s strict adhesion to a military/sportswear silhouette. This sense of uniformity seemed perfectly apropos given his inspiration for the season.

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A fashion stylist, event designer, and style writer, Lucas Somoza has a keen eye for all things beautiful. Based in Paris, Lucas regularly collaborates with Olivia throughout Paris Fashion Week, producing editorials and contributing reviews of designer collections. You can follow Lucas on Instagram at @LucasSomoza.