A technique widely used in the grottoes of Lombardy's lakeside villas during the Mannerist and high Baroque periods. The eleven collections shown last February included a few repeat Moncler collaborators as well as some new names, giving the not - so - modest quilted jacket the majesty of a Valentino gown, under Pierpaolo Piccioli; the Edwardian goth of Simone Rocha; and, of course, the highly conceptual yet highly wearable design credentials of Craig Green.
Now more than ever, fashion is a commercial enterprise and a bonafide source of entertainment. Look at Virgil Abloh's first runway show for Louis Vuitton, which boasted Broadway - level production values and a front row any awards show producer would kill for.
In ancient Roman times, genius was the name for the guardian deity thought to watch over each person throughout their life - like the proverbial angel on your shoulder, these geniuses protected an individual's moral character, and helped one to do the right thing. It wasn't until the 16th century that the word came to mean "defining characteristic" - and even later that it came to be synonymous with exceptional brilliance.
Speaking down a Zoom, Williams said of Moncler and his take on it: "We're riffing on their staple silhouettes. Her stylist Kollin Carter put the glowing star in a long, custom denim jacket by the label Hardeman as well as a staple of the noughties: a pair of Manolo Blahnik x Timberland heels.
It's no secret that the program is engineered to speak to the young, international, internet - savvy fashion consumer. And nowhere is that clearer than in the new Moncler Genius lineup, which is a murderer's row of designers, all of whom are setting the agenda for high fashion right now.