Italian-owned luxury outerwear label Moncler has worked with cult Japanese brand White Mountaineering on a new capsule collection called Moncler W.
Designed by young Japanese creative Yosuke Aizawa, White Mountaineering was founded in 2006 and focuses on design, utility and technology.
For this new collection, Aizawa worked in different shades of grey, green and khaki, adding his obsessive eye for detail to the winter outerwear.
Moncler was founded in 1952 by Frenchman René Ramillon and grew from a mountain supplies company into one of the most widely known luxury winterwear brands, famed for their down jackets, before the company was brought up by Italian entrepreneur Remo Ruffini in 2003.
The brand collaborates with designer Thom Browne on the Moncler Gamme Bleu menswear collection as well as Italian designer Giambattista Valli on the Gamme Rouge line. They will also be working with London-based Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou on a womenswear collection set to appear this fall.
White Mountaineering has previously collaborated with sneaker company Saucony and accessories brand Porter.
Set to debut at Tokyo’s Olympic stadium on May 24, the collection will appear in Moncler stores and choice multibrand boutiques around the world from August.
Designer Vivienne Westwood has been selected by Sir Richard Branson to design new uniforms for his Virgin Atlantic staff.
Branson was keen to stress the importance of Virgin’s rock ‘n’ roll ethos when it came to the choice of designer: “when we were choosing the designer for this project, we wanted to work with a group of people who share our spirit of adventure, who believe in challenging the status quo and creating something truly memorable.”
Naturally, the new women’s outfit comes in the classic Virgin red. The double-breasted jacket and pencil skirt are nipped in at the waist, and pleated with a 1940s French couture influence.
“My clothes have always got a very strong dynamic rapport with the body — they are very body conscious, they help you to look glamorous, more hourglass, more woman. I design things to help people to hopefully express their personality.”
Meanwhile, the men’s looks were influenced by classic British tailoring. Westwood opted for a new version of the three-piece-suit made famous by London’s Saville Row, produced in a rich burgundy with grey shadow details under the pockets.
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After parting ways with French luxury brand Mugler, latest news confirms that Nicola Formichetti will be appointed Diesel‘s first ever artistic director. The visionary stylist and fashion editor will be overlooking the product, marketing and communication divisions of both Diesel and its Black & Gold line. Although Formichetti’s first product designs aren’t due till Fall/Winter 2014, he’ll be launching an advertising campaign in September.
“I want him to do bigger things, different things. This is the right man to take the next step for a young company and a brand for people who are young of mind,” said Diesel chief Renzo Rosso. “I finally met somebody as crazy as I am. I have replaced myself and can go on vacation.” It’ll be interesting to see what the Italian brand delivers next, now that they’ve appointed a new leader behind its creative driving force. Stay tuned.