The opening of Milan fashion week got off with a bang and a difference. Moncler designer Remo Ruffini came up with a grand plan to overhaul the heritage brand’s image - a winter uniform in some places. To inject a little interest and life into the functional but stylish line, he collaborated with eight well-known designers whom he gave the moniker the ‘Genius Group’. The roster includes Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, and Craig Green each of whom created a unique collection which will be released on a monthly basis. The launch took place in eight tented spaces each individually designed to show off the collections to their best effect. 

The first of the Group we have highlighted here is the all black collection called Noir from Kei Ninomiya. Specialising in intricate fabric manipulation, the clothes were padded but still pretty with short jackets that stopped at the waist and padded skirts that hit the knee. The intricate textures and patterns formed simple shapes but added a lot of interest.