For three seasons now, Moncler Grenoble has made New York 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 nearly freezing, even with the heat lamps and waiter-delivered cups of cider, hot chocolate, and mulled wine, which for a skiwear brand showing at an ice rink seemed perfectly apropos. Even the weather seemed dramaturgically in step with the proceedings. Now those are 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. It will need to suffice to say it because the performance that ensued—incorporating speed skating, synchronized skating, on-ice line dancing, and a children's choir—made it rather difficult to see it. Still, with spectaculars like these, it'd be Grinchy 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. Then "Rhapsody in Blue" came over the stereo speakers, and after that, the children's choir launched into "New York, New York." They don't make Franco-American love letters like this anymore—not since Lady Liberty herself.