Reality and abstraction, passion for craftsmanship, nature and the art of creating things.
These concepts have been re-elected and reinterpreted with unpredictable enthusiasm by Jonathan Anderson in the Spring/Summer 2021 collection of Moncler Genius, the second created within the Moncler Genius project, where he explores his British roots and those of his JW Anderson brand, combining the Moncler spirit with his archival garments, reinterpreted through the codes of the nomadic traveler and passion for adventure.
As always in JW Anderson’s work, garments are meant to be fluid, genderless.
The eyelets and triple stitching typical of sailor wear characterize parkas, field jackets, Bermuda shorts and cargo pants, but also jersey t-shirts and sweatshirts that, with vibrant contrasting color blocks, highlight details such as hoods, pockets and closures. The color-block jacket together with degradé vests, pants and Bermuda shorts are also available in sustainable versions. The outer fabrics are made from ECONYL®, a regenerated nylon derived from ocean and land waste.
Northern Ireland sunset hues transfer to anoraks and long jersey t-shirt dresses, lending a dreamy note to the collection’s utilitarian mood, punctuated by field jackets, culottes and garment-dyed trench coats. A vintage blanket, on the other hand, inspires an entire selection of pieces with sophisticated quilting, from the long sustainable cotton coat to the cropped jacket, from the draped feminine dress to combinations of pastel-colored tops and Bermuda shorts.
Starting from the idea of travel, and in particular the nomadic one, the collection is inspired by a symbolic figure who dreams of an itinerant condition but with the full awareness that the only possible destination is the here and now. To celebrate the launch of the collection, Moncler and JW Anderson are inaugurating a multidisciplinary cultural program, offering a sensory immersion into the itinerant world.
Moncler Genius launches its first podcast series and a collaboration with global streaming service MUBI, the activation charts a visual and auditory journey that makes connections between Jonathan Anderson’s conceptual fantasies and different platforms.
Just like the Moncler Genius SS21 collection, the selection of podcasts and films move along the border between concreteness and abstraction: the podcasts come to life on Spotify where the most progressive personalities in the world of fashion discuss current topics. The first episode, presented by the artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries Hans Ulrich Obrist, describes Jonathan Anderson’s personal journey and eclectic experience of traveling to what inspired his second collection for Moncler Genius.
The selection of films on MUBI, on the other hand, ranges from art-house short films to cinematic tales dedicated to travel experiences.
Jonathan Anderson’s Moncler Genius SS21 collection, available here, also includes a limited-edition zine that encompasses a lengthy conversation between the designer and Hans Ulrich Obrist, interspersed with a selection of images shot specifically to celebrate the collection.