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Evoking a sense of optimism and adventure, designer Jonathan Anderson’s first Spring collection with Moncler 
Genius is a colorful stitching together of two creative forces. Discover and shop it now—including exclusive limited-edition pieces you’ll only find on MODA.
    
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WHAT DID YOU FIND MOST INTERESTING ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO COLLABORATE WITH MONCLER?

JA: The amazing thing about working with Moncler was that it really felt like a collaboration. There was a real exchange of ideas, in both directions. They are the experts when it comes to working with puffer and with the techniques, which are incredibly difficult, that you need to work with puffer. I think that was the most exciting for me. To work with teams that have a whole set of knowledge and understanding of a craft that I hadn’t really worked with before. It was really exciting.
  
WHAT SYNERGIES EXIST BETWEEN JW ANDERSON THE BRAND AND MONCLER?

JA: Both brands brought something to the collaboration. From JW Anderson, we looked back at some of our archive pieces, some really iconic moments from our earlier collections and some going even further back. I think we brought a lot of the kind of cultural agitation that JW Anderson is known for. I enjoy contradictions and challenging the status quo a bit. I think in that sense the brands have something in common. Remo’s [Ruffini, Moncler’s CEO] GENIUS project is really brilliant and forward-thinking for a luxury brand and something that hadn’t really been done before. Obviously JW Anderson and Moncler are very different sizes and have quite different histories. I think those differences make the collaboration more interesting.
   
THE PANDEMIC HAS TRANSFORMED DAILY LIFE, AND ALSO INCREASED THE AMOUNT OF TIME
WE SPEND SOCIALIZING OUTDOORS. HAS THAT IMPACTED YOUR DESIGN PROCESS AT ALL?

JA: You know I’ve been asked that a lot over the past year, how has the pandemic changed my approach to design, and I don’t think it has changed it as much as it has challenged me creatively. I think fashion is about the future and when I am designing, I am thinking about the future and hoping, really, that we will be out of this pandemic. That’s why when I was working on this collection, it was really important to me that it felt optimistic. The colors were really important for me to convey that optimism.
 
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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE KEY THEMES AND INSPIRATIONS BEHIND THE COLLECTION?

JA: Optimism, like I said, was really important for me. We also looked back at some bags we did at JW Anderson that used this recycled sail cloth. We used that stitching and that sail-like quality in the construction and feel of some of the pieces to convey this sense of voyage. And adventure. I liked this idea of wearing this collection and setting off with the wind.
  
CAN YOU TALK THROUGH THE BRIGHT COLOR PALETTE YOU CHOSE TO WORK WITH?

JA: The idea of bright colors was important to me. It referenced this idea of sailing and sails and this brightness that felt like optimism. The ombre pieces reference this idea of a sunrise or a sunset. It’s something we have been exploring at JW Anderson in felt, and I thought it would be nice with the knitwear for this collection. This idea of the sun going into the horizon. A horizon you might be sailing into.
  
ONE OF TEAM MODA’S FAVORITE PIECES IS THE PALE GREEN SKIRT SET WITH EXPOSED
TOP-STITCHING. WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THIS PIECE?

JA: It’s actually inspired by a vintage blanket that’s been in my family that I had at home. The quilting felt comforting.
  
WHO ARE YOU DESIGNING FOR?

JA: Everyone and anyone I suppose. I don’t really approach my collections in that way. I think good design and interesting fashion will find its audience, be it male or female, straight or gay, young or old. I just hope you like it and it makes you happy when you wear it.
 
 
“I liked this idea of wearing this
collection and setting off with the wind.”
 
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