Turns out the sequel is better than the original. After causing a fashion fracas with its first collaborative collection, Tokyo-based womenswear icon HYKE has again teamed up with high-fashion house Moncler for a stunning new range. 4 MONCLER HYKE brings a calm sense of minimalism and utilitarian functionality to the famed outerwear lineup, ideal for rugged outdoor conditions.
According to Hideaki Yoshihara and Yukiko Ode, the pair behind HYKE, the second Moncler Genius collection carries on the consistent theme of refinement, touching on some heritage pieces from Moncler’s back catalogue. This time around, 4 MONCLER HYKE delves into 1960 influences, introducing a revamped iteration of the iconic Lionel Terray down coat, alongside a series of other historic Moncler items. Importantly, each garment has been reinterpreted in high-tech fabrics, utilising Hideaki Yoshihara and Yukiko Ode’s revered modern craftsmanship techniques. The result is understated in the best manner.
The 4 MONCLER HYKE is best characterised by its pared-down silhouettes, which Moncler says arrive with a sense of “off-kilter pragmatism”. Master of proportion the YKE designers have been able to delicately play with lengths and shape, without straying too far from the Moncler recipe.
A subtle play between sleek and puffed fabrics gives some much-needed contrast, best typified by the streamlined shell jackets and vests. These pieces arrive either long or cropped, and are matched by oversized quilted puffers. Conversely, the voluminous jackets are countered by pleated dresses and sweatpants.
According to Moncler, the renewed focus on function allows for the integration of new details and fabrics, most notably with GORE-TEX Infinium to match the micro-ripstop outerwear. It’s a perfect marriage of utility wear and high fashion, delivering a sense of purpose to a collection that would traditionally be reserved for the mountain’s most style-conscious of characters. It’s a good thing, too.
Looking across the new range in its entirety, 4 MONCLER HYKE collection is not exactly an eye-popping new release. The strict black and neutral hue palette is refined, simplistic and, to be frank, absolutely perfect. If this collection proves anything, it’s that luxury doesn’t always have to be outlandish and sometimes the simplest design is the most powerful.