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From the moment 6 MONCLER 1017 ALYX 9SM was first unveiled at the second edition of the Moncler Genius programme in February 2019, Matthew Williams has confidently evolved a utopian uniform through a dual approach of blending imagination-igniting innovative construction with eye-catching metalware. As he repeatedly adds his voice to the Milan-based, luxury down-filled house, we hear his unique gift in creating a fierce beauty from realism by merging hyper technicality with a crafted feel for his utilitarian collections.
As the 6 MONCLER 1017 ALYX 9SM utopian wardrobe evolves, so does the project-cum-explosion of creative energy that is the Moncler Genius platform. The third iteration of the tension-focussed collection launched as part of Moncler’s most ambitious project to date, Mondogenius. “It’s a total immersion in the Moncler cultural world — a journey through 11 collections, 11 creative concepts, five cities around the world, and more than 30 platforms that connect different communities worldwide,” Moncler CEO Remo Ruffini told Vogue in September. As a guide to showcase the 6 MONCLER 1017 ALYX 9SM world, Williams collaborated with the genre-blurring Texan-born rapper Teezo Touchdown for an energetic and intimate performance of I’m Just a Fan, surrounded by his very own superfans. He nailed it (sorry, not sorry).
Throughout the collection, Matthew Williams teases and tests the tension of opposites. Matte and shiny, natural and man-made, soft and hard, dark and light: the collection has been created through an exploration in contrasting elements, relying on the graphic opposition of black and white to get the message across, unremittingly. Heightened ultra-shine laqué nylon in black, used for cropped or long puffers, is contrasted with white opaque cotton. Meanwhile, duvets and long coats come in elegant nylon satin. Chains are threaded between the boudins of long or short duvets, in a direct play between soft lightweight down and hard metal, further reinforcing the idea of heightened contrast. Garment dyed outerwear, another 1017 ALYX 9SM signature, brings unique color and finishes within the strictly monochrome palette, punctuating the collection.
The base layers of heavy rib knit with raised seams highlight the body underneath the outerwear, creating a natural cover against the skin. Anatomical leather trousers add another dynamic element. The pragmatic look is completed with lug-soled boots, soft bags, metal bracelets and belts. The merging of advanced innovation and crafted feel is the 1017 ALYX 9SM signature, swiftly translating Moncler’s mountain ethos to within a fast metropolitan setting. 6 MONCLER 1017 ALYX 9SM is the utopian wardrobe for now and tomorrow.