March 27, 2013
Thom Browne has been collaborating with Moncler since 2008 on the Gamme Bleu line and their offerings for Spring/Summer 2013 are some of the strongest yet. Every collection has seen Browne infuse his personal style, a silhouette that has been one of the most dominant forces on menswear in recent history, into high end, hand constructed pieces that incorporate the history of the storied French outdoor brand with all of the reverence which it deserves.
This season’s collection draws influence from the world of the sea, from classic high end sailing styles to traditional naval apparel, to create a series of progressive and directional pieces constructed to the expert standard that we have come to expect from the Gamme Bleu line.
For this season Mr Browne has applied this m.o. to a series of high end versions of every day basics that combine nautical detailing with his classic stylistic hallmarks. The long and short sleeved stripe tee’s are bear the classic horizontal print, are made in Italy from a premium cotton jersey and are constructed with a wide neck, inspired by functional naval styles. The nautical influence is particularly apparent in this season’s collection of knitwear with the Tricolour Tipped Cardigan and Crew Neck Sweater. Both feature a sailing naval inspired shoulder tri-colour tipped shoulder closure, secured by the collections trademark rubberized and branded press studs.
The collection of outerwear on offer in this collection yields some of its strongest results, taking the athletic inspiration behind this season’s work to create a selection of intriguing silhouettes in a hand selected range of first class materials. Gamme Bleu staples such as press stud secured blazers appear in sailing inspired cuts, boasting unique details such as drawstring adjustable waists, are on offer alongside direct translations of heritage nautical pieces. The Cordura Sailor Jacket takes an iconic naval style, with a particularly distinctive silhouette and recreates it in Cordura cotton, constructed to an exceptional standard.
Any Moncler collection isn’t complete without one of their signature down jackets and the Gamme Bleu’s offering does not disappoint. The two tone Nylon Down jacket is made in Italy and stuffed with their 90/10 down, designed to offer ultimate protection from the elements.
The Moncler Gamme Bleu Spring/Summer 2013 collection is one that refuses to compromise on the ideas that drive it. Executing those ideas to such an exceptional standard that only a brand like Moncler, or a designer like Thom Browne could ever hope to achieve. the collection is available now HERE.