When fur-clad walkers led huskies onto the runway at the start of the Moncler Gamme Rouge
show, it was all very Game of Thrones.
Quite what it became when a couple of the gorgeous creatures slipped their leashes and took to the front rows was something else altogether. But in the end, it turned out to be mostly a petting-zoo moment, which coupled nicely with the clever, family-friendly spectacle staged by Giambattista Valli to celebrate his collection for Moncler. The big picture, according to the designer, was a love story between a snowflake and a polar bear. Nature surely dictates that such a relationship would be strictly taboo on any level you could imagine, but a frisson of the forbidden and a triumph over the impossible are at the heart of most fairy tales. It's all in the marriage of beauty and the beast. And so were Valli's clothes.
He patchworked real pelts and photoprint furs in substantial parkas, accessorized them with hoods, mitts, and laced-up cuissardes
(remember them? Word of the week) for a look that was full-on Philip Pullman fantasy. This being Moncler, there's little doubt that the outfits that followed were the very height of high performance, but Valli gave them an agreeably cinematic flair. Cape shapes helped. So did the fact that the prettily rosy-cheeked girls and rugged boys were just the types who would emerge from a Hollywood blizzard as a prelude to a happy ending. It came when the silvered, crystallized ice princesses were united with their ursine lovers. Enchanting!