If the 2 Moncler 1952 line this season is giving you a major case of wanderlust, it has something to do with the inspirations that guided its designer Veronica Leoni. For the uninitiated, the line is just one of the 12 under the brand’s collectable and hyped-about Genius family of designer collaborations which marks its third outing this year and will periodically drop in stores from now till Dec.

Leoni, an Italian-born former (old) Celine and Jil Sander staffer, has put an elevated spin for the 1952 range which is known as Moncler’s highly wearable sub-brand. Her muse? The roguish wanderer. This romantic and worldly idea saw her mining for design elements inspired by Japanese, African and Chinese cultures and fusing them with ultra-feminine designs like pleated skirts, tunic dresses and blousons that are constructed from luxurious materials like paper-thin nylon, cotton duchesse and suede.

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Take for instance the chunky wooden flatforms that call to mind traditional geta sandals worn in Japan. Other Nippon-esque nods can be seen in the wraparound skirts with their obi-like waist bands and the voluminous silhouettes of gilets and parkas which are reminiscent of kimonos. Meanwhile, the utilitarian suiting and the bold prints of giraffes pay homage to Chinese and African influences respectively.

And like most of Moncler’s designs, functionality is key. Cords on parkas, skirts and gilets can be easily pulled to create volume and instantly change the silhouette of the outfit. Ditto the zip of a parka that can be undone so that the piece gets converted into a cape. Now that’s the kind of fashion we can safely say is “genius”.

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