Francesco Ragazzi worked at Moncler for more than a decade, and now he has collaborated with the brand as part of the Moncler Genius project through his own label, Palm Angels. We love a full circle. All the knowledge and genius of Moncler infused with the swag of Palm Angels. Its a dystopian wonderland of metallic puffer jackets turned onesies, cascading glossy baggy pants, graphic tees, good cinching belts and scrapbook style collages. Palm Angels people are tough. We spoke to Francesco Ragazzi about the collaboration:
10: What was your first thought when you were approached to do this collaboration?
Francesco Ragazzi: After having worked for several years in Moncler it was clearly a great honour to collaborate with my own brand in the Genius project.
10: What have you brought from Palm Angels DNA to Moncler?
10: What were you thinking about whilst designing your pieces for Moncler Genius?
FR: “How can I break the form and purity of such an iconic product.”
10: What were you listening to?
FR: “Playboi Carti.”
10: Did your creative process differ from when creating solely for Palm Angels?
FR: “When creating a collection, the starting point is always imagining it as if it was a movie. I think of the story behind it, who the actors will be, what they have to wear and what they will be doing. This helps me create a new story every time.”
10: What was it about the magic of metallic nylon that prompted you to use it on puffers and loose trousers?
FR: “It’s part of this Jeff Koons inspiration, or better, his exhibition being vandalised.”
10: Why Mind Control?
FR: “I guess I will never know :).”
10: Who would you love to see wearing this collection?
FR: “Especially women, I love how it looks with the oversize volume, but mostly cool kids globally.”
10: First words that come to mind when thinking about the collection?
FR: “Breaking purity and form. Deconstructing and recomposing.”
10: Do you have a favourite piece?
FR: “Definitely the oversized pink metallic down jacket.”
10: The collection looks like it is for someone on the go… Where is the Palm Angels x Moncler woman/man going?
10: What does the Palm Angels x Moncler world look like? Is it reality or fantasy?
FR: “I always try to be part of reality with a different perspective.”
by Roxy Lola
The collection is available now.