08 Feb 2023
Hideaki Yoshihara and Yukiko Ode, the authors behind cult Japanese brand HYKE, are purveyors of a distinctive aesthetic that merges minimal design and uttermost function, keeping a refined and rarefied look. Their clean, utilitarian vision and interest in the performance aspect of clothing are an ideal match for the spirit of Moncler.
In devising their second Moncler Genius collection, HYKE expanded upon themes from the first season, delving further into the archive to explore pieces such as the 1960 Lionel Terray down coat and other historic Moncler items, reinterpreting them in high-tech fabrics and new craftsmanship techniques. The result is a compact collection that infuses HYKE’s signature pared-down silhouettes and sense of off-kilter pragmatism with Moncler’s down, playing with the layering of lengths and shapes.
The play between sleek and puffed sets the tone: streamlined shell jackets and vests, either long or cropped, are matched by oversized quilted puffers. The voluminous jackets are countered by pleated dresses and sweatpants. The focus on function means a multiplication of pockets and taped details, and the use of industry leading technical fabrics and finishes: Gore-Tex Infinium and micro ripstop nylon outerwear, thermo-heated quilting, double closures and Ykk Aquaseal zippers. The utilitarian feel is heightened by a strict palette of black and neutral hues. Disruptive newness comes in the form of abstract outdoor prints - a first for the minimal block-colored tradition of 4 Moncler HYKE - they swirl across pieces in shades reminiscent of sand, stone and cloud. The extreme straightforwardness of the lines is a signature, just like HYKE's details: side slits and long puller tapes.
Men and women’s wardrobes are deftly synchronized and fluid, creating a sense of unity that is another expression of metropolitan functionalism. Sweatshirts and sweatpants, long sleeve t-shirts and pleated dresses complete the offer, with bush hats and HYKE Desertyx boots topping off the city safari look. The message is one of effectiveness and continuity, drawing evolution out of heritage.