Francesco Ragazzi, a long-standing member of the Moncler Genius roster, has continuously pushed the boundaries of self-expression. With each collection, he unfolds a captivating narrative, akin to chapters in a book, exploring and nurturing values of freedom, individuality, and lightness. Lightness in terms of puffy volumes and soft textures, but also in terms of a hedonistic sense of freedom. Ragazzi's latest endeavor in collaboration with Moncler, the gender-neutral new collection, delves deep into his enduring fascination with vintage aesthetics, particularly the '90s, and iconic Americana archetypes, all of which are elegantly reimagined through the distinctive Palm Angels filter.
This unique collection exudes a post-preppy vibe, masterfully flipping the script on cable-knit sweaters, cable puffers, and an aged leather biker jacket. The varsity-inspired theme shines through bold block stripes, infusing polo shirts and oversized, padded reinterpretations of classic styles. Attention to detail is paramount, with nods to the traditional button-down oxford shirt finding their way into unexpected places—button-down collars adorning zip-up puffers and an oxford patch shirt transformed into a puffer jacket. The range includes an array of fashion-forward pieces, from hooded parkas and embroidered vests to chenille tracksuits, corduroy attire, and knitted puffers. The collection's spirit pays homage to the Palm Angels thrift store aesthetic, presenting highly curated looks that seamlessly blend outdoor prints, cricket stripes, and layered jackets for an effortlessly relaxed Californian preppy style. Oversized skater jeans and tracksuit bottoms complement the ensemble, while accessories like beanies, caps, oversized totes, and boldly detailed Peka Trek hiking boots complete the look. With Moncler x Palm Angels, Ragazzi offers a fresh take on California preppy that feels both familiar and delightfully unexpected.