By Marcellous L. Jones

Milan, Italy – It is in a cold, frosty, snow-covered alpine setting at via Tortona where Moncler Gamme Bleu, under the artistic direction of designer Thom Browne, presented its new collection for Fall Winter 2013/14. The spectacular setting is breath-taking, and extremely convincing and all-too-real. It is necessary in order fully communicate the full spirit of Browne’s creation.  And the music featuring the rock bagpipes helped to push forth the theme of Scotland on skis.

Historically Moncler specializes in do-dunes and puffer jackets. Their presence on the ski slopes is inextricably linked to sport. So it is only normal that it would charm us this season with designs that bring new chic to attire befitting the activity.

Knits are used to create full looks with legging-like trousers and matching jackets. Quilting goes far beyond the expected squares. Instead they are made abstractions in the shirts, pants and short-cropped jackets. Some long coats have voluminous pleated backs.  The thick, knitted socks are kilted and appear in solids and cool argyle.

And of course the plaids are used in every important aspect of the collection. They are most beautiful when applied to the blazer with one-side pleated.