For three seasons now, Moncler Grenoble has made New York City its playground. Last winter, it headed to Chelsea Piers' driving range; for Spring, it staged an impromptu dance party in Grand Central Terminal; and tonight, Remo Ruffini and his considerable resources brought the traveling show to Central Park's Wollman Rink. It was freezing cold—even with the heat lamps and passed cups of cider, hot chocolate, and mulled wine—though for a skiwear brand showing at an ice rink, that seemed perfectly apropos. Even the weather seemed in step with the proceedings. Now that's production values!
And production values are what Moncler's Grenoble line has made itself about. Suffice it to say that the company makes very nice, very luxurious down parkas, ski pants, and a few knits. We can't say much more because the performance that ensued—incorporating speed skating, synchronized skating, and on-ice line dancing—made it rather difficult to see the pieces. Still, with spectaculars like these, it'd be Grinch-y to complain. There was a red section, a white section, and a blue section—the French tricolore in action. Old Glory, too. By the second cup of mulled wine, you could start to see the whole thing as an international gesture of good vibes between France (home of Moncler) and the U.S., complete with "Rhapsody in Blue" over the stereo speakers, and after that, a children's choir performing "New York, New York." We haven't seen a Franco-American love letter like this since Lady Liberty.