Fall 2013 New York Fashion Week: Moncler Grenoble

- By Val Bitici Twerdahl – 

Each season, Moncler Grenoble pushes the envelope with its fashion week presentation—who can forget the famous figure skating models at the fashion house’s fall 2012 show at New York’s Wollman Rink? This season’s show was no different. As VIPs and press gathered last night at Gotham Hall for Moncler’s presentation, we were asked to walk through a dark, narrow, makeshift hallway toward a black curtain. Past the drapery was a dramatic scene: an army of more than 300 models were standing stiffly in darkness, in a circle of elevated, ascending rows beneath a mirrored cupola and dimly lit chandelier. Loud music pumped through the shadows as guests entered the room and looked up in fascination. After a few short minutes, strobe lights began quickly shooting across the arena in a sudden blaze, spasmodically flashing sections of models wearing emerald green, gray, and black snow ensembles and futuristic sunglasses big enough to be mistaken for ski goggles. The Star Wars theme song blasted through the speakers as the swiftly moving rays danced around the room. Everything went dark for a moment then, with a flash, the entire room was lit to reveal the models in all their space-aged glory. Big, small, short, tall, they came in all different breeds, all of them bundled in Moncler’s signature puffer jackets, fashionably comfortable and ready to brave the toughest weather, in post-blizzard New York and in cold-weather galaxies beyond.

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Val Bitici Twerdahl is a writer, born and raised in manhattan. Since 2008, she has worked as part of Vanity Fair’s editorial team, sometimes contributing to vf.com. Val spends her free time blogging (miscv.tumblr.com), traveling, trying new restaurants, cooking, skiing, and dreaming about one day becoming an art collector.

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Photos courtesy of Style.com

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