Moncler gives good show. Today, a couple inches of artificial snow dusted the runway; above it, designer Giambattista Valli had a working chairlift installed. Moon boot-ed male models stomped around the lift, toting skis, shopping bags, and suitcases. You got the sense that if Valli could've figured out how to fit a mountain inside the Couvent des Cordeliers venue, he would've had fun doing that, too.
Instead, he printed piqué fabric with photos of snow-capped peaks and cut it into the cocoon coats he's been making for the Gamme Rouge label for several years now—which, by the way, happen to be the shape of the season. The models wore their hair in massive sixties-style bouffants or donned equally oversize Mongolian lamb hoods that matched their fluffy boots.
Other toppers came in a blue-and-red windowpane check on ivory bisected by swathes of shearling, or in black bouclé. The most interesting part of the collection was the white group. Valli chose glistening fabrics that expertly mimicked the way sun reflects off frosty snow. That became especially clear when the models plopped themselves down under the spotlights and propped open their tanning reflectors.