by Stephen Garner

JW Anderson designer Jonathan Anderson’s spring/summer ‘21 Moncler Genius collection heralds not only a typically adventurous take on Moncler’s classic silhouettes but also a vision for a dreamy and transient life at sea. Based on the concept of a nomadic voyage, the collection is characterized by a symbolic figure who dreams of no fixed state and knows that the only destination is the here and now.

To coincide with the launch, Moncler and JW Anderson are launching a multi-disciplinary cultural program that offers a sensory deep-dive into a transient world. Launching the first in the Moncler Genius Podcast series, and partnering with the global curated film streaming service MUBI, the program is conceived to paint a visual and aural landscape as a way to connect Anderson’s conceptual imaginings to viewers and listeners at home around the world.

Like the collection, the film curation and cultural discussion both walk the line between the straightforward and the abstract. The Moncler Genius Podcast series is hosted on Spotify, where the most progressive minds in fashion riff on the subjects that matter. Hosted by the director of Serpentine Galleries, Hans Ulrich Obrist, the inaugural episode charts the designer’s personal journey, the all-encompassing experience of travel, and gets to the heart of the collection’s imagined voyage. The selection of films curated on MUBI ranges from art house short films to much loved cinematic documentation of journeys traveled, giving an insight into the mindset of the perennial traveler.

Pieces of tactile ephemera have been a consistent calling card of JW Anderson collections, and this trait continues with a limited-edition zine featuring the long-form interview between the designer and Obrist. The discussion of the cultural landscape is published amongst a selection of imagery crafted for the collection, all speaking to the peripatetic subtext of the launch.