Down shift

French artist Jean-philippe Del­homme pulls off an­other sharp turn for Mon­cler’s A/W17 col­lec­tion

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French artist Jean-philippe Del­homme is Mon­cler’s new puffer daddy

When Mon­cler tapped Jean-philippe Del­homme to cre­ate a se­ries of Alpine-in­spired prints for its A/W17 col­lec­tion, the French artist’s il­lus­tra­tions took on a typ­i­cally tongue-in-cheek per­sua­sion. ‘The brand ref­er­enced a few ski re­sorts, like Cortina, St Moritz and Gs­taad. I came up with char­ac­ters and sce­nar­ios based around the ex­cesses of ski­ing,’ Del­homme ex­plains of his snow-topped so­cial satire.

In one tableau, din­ers guz­zling cham­pagne watch as a zeal­ous hol­i­day­maker soars mid-ski jump over their ta­ble. In an­other, a fur coat- and hat-clad guest ar­rives out­side the pre­pos­ter­ous tur­rets of the Gs­taad Palace ho­tel, a minis­cule sausage dog in a Santa out­fit in tow.

The col­lec­tion is the sec­ond in Del­homme’s ‘Post­cards’ se­ries for Mon­cler, which de­buted for S/S17 with il­lus­tra­tions in­spired by sea­side des­ti­na­tions, from Venice Beach to St Tropez, splashed across tops and swim­ming trunks. This sea­son, his vivid brush­strokes are dig­i­tally printed onto puffer jack­ets and T-shirts, while his nose-div­ing ski jumpers also soar across the chests of knit­ted jumpers. ‘The brand’s his­tory starts from the moun­tains,’ ex­plains Remo Ruffini, Mon­cler’s chair­man and CEO, of the col­lab­o­ra­tion’s theme. Founded in 1952 in Mon­estier-de-cler­mont, near Greno­ble, Mon­cler be­gan as a pur­veyor of sleep­ing bags and tents, be­fore launch­ing its now ubiq­ui­tous down jack­ets two years later. It soon be­gan equip­ping ex­plor­ers for ex­pe­di­tions in sub-zero climes. ‘This DNA has been main­tained and en­hanced,’ says Ruffini. While the new il­lus­tra­tions have a less in­trepid and more après ski-cen­tric fo­cus, they ‘per­fectly match with the creative soul and sporty ethos of the brand’, he adds.

Renowned for his fash­ion il­lus­tra­tions, first pub­lished in Vogue in the 1980s, Paris-based Del­homme has also cre­ated ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns and writ­ten il­lus­trated nov­els. His witty so­ci­o­log­i­cal gaze has fallen on are­nas from art to ar­chi­tec­ture (his 2015 book on Le Cor­bus­ier’s Villa Savoye of­fers a vis­ual nar­ra­tive of the ar­chi­tect’s re­la­tion­ship with his clients, Pierre and Eugénie Savoye) and he il­lus­trated our Ar­chi­tects’ Di­rec­tory and news­stand cover in 2015 (W196*).

For Mon­cler, his per­cep­tive eye is as unerring as ever. ‘The draw­ings have lots of dif­fer­ent pos­si­bil­i­ties,’ he says. ‘They work like poster de­signs. Some fea­ture a face or a char­ac­ter in the back­ground that cre­ates a vis­ual shock. The idea is to make them look light and con­tin­u­ous and ef­fort­less, but also ar­rest­ing.’∂

‘The idea is to make the draw­ings look light and con­tin­u­ous and ef­fort­less, but also ar­rest­ing’

BY MON­CLER

JEAN-PHILIPPE DEL­HOMME, AT HIS STU­DIO IN PARIS’ 14TH AR­RONDISSE­MENT, DONS A MON­CLER JACKET ADORNED WITH SOME OF THE SKITHEMED IL­LUS­TRA­TIONS HE CRE­ATED FOR THE BRAND

BOMBER, £995,

DEL­HOMME’S WITTY SO­CIAL COM­MEN­TARIES, LEFT AND BE­LOW IN HIS STU­DIO, FO­CUS ON THE EX­CESSES OF ALPINE SKI RE­SORTS JACKET, £1,150, BY MON­CLER

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