The 2 Moncler 1952 men’s collection for Spring Summer 2021, designed by Sergio Zambon, is a melting pot of references: a universal call to contemplation from the heights of the French alps to the shores of Cape Cod. An enlightened take on Moncler classics, the season’s sense of purified utility is warmed by jubilant shades of Indian saffron, royal purple and malachite grounded in soft neutrals from off white and taupe to pale khaki. As touches of subtle psychedelia meet moments of fully-fledged Moncler material innovation, the 1952 man goes where the forest (and the mountain) meets the sea.
Musing on outdoor pursuits near and far, this springtime uniform is personified by hybrid archetypes from the neo-hippie to the weekend hiker, or even the casual gardener. Grounded by a refined cargo silhouette – from drawstring Bermuda shorts to flared ‘palazzo chinos’ – outerwear pieces are punctuated with block print mountain florals, realist alpine photo prints, and the geographic and altitude coordinates of Moncler’s birthplace: Monestier-de-Clermont. Sheer ripstop fabrics create a tonal interplay of protective transparency, as hooded windcheaters and patch pocket cargos create X-ray effects against the flat, opaque textures of ‘chambray’ cotton nylon, matte bonded cotton and the unmistakable lustre of nylon laqué.
In vertical quilting, a sleeveless gilet and mandarin collar jacket feature concealed zips to create minimalist, ultra-lightweight down options for spring. Others close with a double snap stud placket to accommodate layering. Such pragmatic design solutions mingle with fluid fashion expressions, from apron shorts and gardening dungarees to square retro eyewear, leafy muslin bandanas, and ‘lei’ necklaces festooned with nylon rosettes.
2 Moncler 1952 Man’s classic sense of humour appears in a series of comic wildlife sweatshirts, with rhyming adages like ‘As You Wish, Jellyfish’ and ‘What’s Cooking, Good Looking?’ illustrated with bold cartoon critters. Optimistic mantras like ‘Maintain Serenity With Strength And Purpose’ and ‘Promoting Access’ further the collection’s reflective mood, whilst accessories embody its active spirit: from a webbing strap climbing bag and drawstring flap bucket hat to suede and nylon trekking sneakers.