That’s a puffed up chest you have there…

That’s a puffed up chest you have there…

I’m sticking in another Project Runway reference here for good measure…. or until I get my fix of the new episode online tonight and then I don’t have to vent my PR-needs here on the blog.  Anyhow, the judges often criticise the contestants for ‘overworking’ their garments, for doing too much and getting into ‘one big mess’ (how many times has a challenge ended up being ‘one big mess’…?).  Perhaps ‘overworked’ is a criticism reflective of what fashion schools also practise.  Somehow, working too hard can just be wrong wrong wrong. 

Well, Giambattista Valli toiled and toiled away at his debut collection for Moncler‘s Gamma Rouge range which I often coo over when I’m in Dover Street Market and have previously expressed an appreciation for.  This is levels of overworked-ness that is really evident and the results are highly positive.  Duchesse de soie, gazar, macram√© lace, fur and feathers (hell there are materials there that I’d be hard press to point out in a fabric warehouse…) were all used in what can only be described as embellished puffawear.   

Ok, so Moncler has been peddling the embellished puffawear thing for ages but this AW08 collection that Valli has produced really takes Moncler to a level where you are looking past the puffa jackets and just thinking ‘That is a beautiful collection….’.  Valli has pushed the sculptural boundaries of what a puffa jacket can do and has played to the volume creating strengths of the materials.  I am sweating it out here in my sans-air-con office but I can also feel the chillier days ahead when these perfectly overworked pieces would be required not as functional jackets but just as beautiful feats of work in their own right.



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  1. Jen

    2008-07-31 at 5:23 PM

    hi susie just wondering how youre watching project runway online? I live in england too and I can’t possibly wait until it’s on freeview / youtube, I wont last !!!

  2. susie_bubble

    2008-07-31 at 5:25 PM

    Torrents but I do tend to wait until the ep is up on Youtube if i’m feeling lazy or if my internet connection is particularly slow…

  3. Sarah

    2008-07-31 at 6:18 PM

    I love the unusual silhouette’s that have been created with these jackets.

  4. The Clothes Horse

    2008-07-31 at 6:33 PM

    Coo…coo…now I am cooing too…

  5. Johanne

    2008-07-31 at 6:55 PM

    The black outfit makes me think of ants..

  6. Couture Carrie

    2008-07-31 at 7:18 PM

    Hi Susie!
    I love these silhouettes!
    And I was reading about how your blogroll list is getting too long, but I am hoping that maybe I am one of those exceptional few who deserves to be added???

  7. trend de la creme

    2008-07-31 at 7:30 PM

    wouldn’t wear one, but they are great to look at!!

  8. Jackie

    2008-07-31 at 9:23 PM

    those jackets are ridiculous. Very unwearable, but still very cool.

  9. Rowena

    2008-07-31 at 9:26 PM

    Puffy is good.

  10. rollergirl

    2008-07-31 at 9:56 PM

    Those are utterly breathtaking.

  11. Blue Floppy Hat

    2008-07-31 at 10:29 PM

    WOW…..*kind of speechless at these*

  12. camaybraham

    2008-07-31 at 10:46 PM

    I love those jackets-perfect for winter!
    ope you should definitely check out my blogzine, its still a baby but is so good!

  13. fashionherald

    2008-07-31 at 11:31 PM

    oh, incredible, overworked beautifully.

  14. WendyB

    2008-07-31 at 11:52 PM

    I’ve loved Moncler for a couple of years, but these are truly amazing.

  15. enc

    2008-08-01 at 4:35 AM

    Everything looks like a cozy duvet. I love the basic colors and shapes.

  16. raushanah maxwell

    2008-08-01 at 7:28 AM

    I love clothing and I feel that you style is a personal way to express how you feel. Visit to shop for all the latest styles.

  17. Carl Starling

    2008-08-01 at 9:02 AM

    Brilliant shapes, soooooo hot!

  18. lady coveted

    2008-08-01 at 11:08 AM

    i love it… reminds me of the times my sister and i played ‘sumo wrestler’ only much prettier.

  19. MH

    2008-08-01 at 4:28 PM

    I know I should be at least trying to make so sensible high fashion comment about these, but…
    That first picture: Who on Sesame street died? Big Bird’s in mourning.

  20. cat

    2008-08-01 at 5:56 PM

    Speaking of Project Runway and puffed up stuff, what did you think of Kenly‚Äôs Balenciaga dress? I preferred Leanne’s myself. I like architectural better than poofy.

  21. Girl-Woman

    2008-08-02 at 3:19 AM

    Remembering Seinfeld’s puffy shirt…

  22. Marina

    2008-08-02 at 4:28 PM

    gamme rouge is so unique!I love it so much. But unfortunately, it cost too much….But I want smth

  23. cluclubcn

    2008-08-14 at 6:53 PM

    that dip-dyed jacket bottom right is one of the most beatiful pieces of clothing I have ever seen….

  24. cluclubcn

    2008-08-14 at 6:54 PM

    that dip-dyed jacket bottom right is one of the most beatiful pieces of clothing I have ever seen….

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