Francesco Ragazzi Takes 8 Moncler Palm Angels to New York
V caught up with the designer at the New York celebration of 8 Moncler Palm Angels
Francesco Ragazzi, the mind behind Palm Angels, seemed shockingly calm considering the past few days. For starters, he launched 8 Moncler Palm Angels’ collection Wednesday night with an event in London, then skipped across the Atlantic long enough to throw a party at Moncler’s Soho boutique on Thursday. In town for less than 24 hours, he heads back to Milan Friday to prepare for the final stop of his tour with Moncler.
In spite of his cult-like brand fans, Ragazzi was just thrilled to be thrown a bone as big—and commercial—as Moncler. “It was a really big platform to play with. I think this is the most important thing when doing a collaboration, to have a platform,” he says, “especially for a small brand like Palm Angels.”
As for what inspired the collection, Ragazzi recalled a specific reference for his iconoclast take on Moncler’s classic down jackets. “It was a picture of an exhibition by Jeff Koons being vandalized, and it was this beauty of an art gallery or museum being vandalized with graffiti,” he says. “So to me, it was kind of like, how can I take this same approach and design a collection? To me, Moncler is so pure, it’s the gallery. My interaction with the jacket was the vandalization.”
The graffiti on Ragazzi’s jackets also had a few in-store references: walls with graffiti tags, the 8 Moncler Palm Angels jackets in silver and metallic pink among the brand’s longue saison semi-permanent parkas and jackets. “I find contrast interesting,” Francesco Ragazzi said.“ That’s what I like. When two things come together and create energy.”