If the name Francesco Ragazzi is not one you recognise, then you have a lot of catching up to do.
Ragazzi’s intuitive understanding of American style and culture is so realised that he bends the rules in all the right ways.
With the roots of Palm Angels in his photographic documentation of L.A skater culture in 2011, culminating in a book of the same name in 2014, it’s not difficult to see how much fringe culture influences Ragazzi, and his love of turning brand and seasonal codes on their head.
explains the designer, and by looking at the offerings of the collection, he really has set out what he aimed to achieve. It evades any real categorisation – it’s camo and cowboy hats, it’s a Hawaiian print long coat, it’s knitwear and Moonboots, and it’s perfect.
“I want to give a feeling of entering a vintage store with different inspirations. It’s a mix of themes and worlds,”
It’s refreshing to see a collection that embodies its own ideas so eloquently – how better to communicate the feeling of the endlessly exciting trawl through vintage and retro wear, than by having a collection that seems to have one of everything?
It screams individuality and does not fall into the trap of letting their goals supersede those of their wearers.
From what we’ve seen from the collections lineup and all-important promotional imagery, we’re left with a lot to be excited for.
Yet it serves as a reminder that while Palm Angels might be the leader, Moncler owns the show. 8 Moncler Palm Angels strikes the balance between an unwavering creative vision, and the on-brand Moncler sleekness that we’ve come to expect. Even the custom Moncler x Palm angels emblem has the air of an established fashion house, mixed with the playful genre-bending of a boundary pushing designer.