MAR­BLE, MOD­ERNISED Pablo Atchugarry’s chic sculp­tures are the mak­ings of his deep con­nec­tion to na­ture.

A cold-weather sta­ple just keeps get­ting cooler.

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Graphic shapes that are as mys­tic as they are fu­tur­is­tic; me­di­ae­val Madon­nas seen through spaceage lenses – these are the flowery ways in which Valentino creative di­rec­tor Pier­paolo Pic­ci­oli’s lat­est cre­ations and muses are de­scribed in the ac­com­pa­ny­ing press notes. But make no mis­take, the loftily de­picted styles aren’t the lux­ury house’s cou­ture pieces, but Pic­ci­oli’s cap­sule col­lec­tion of down-filled items for Ital­ian ski-wear brand Mon­cler.

In­clud­ing stream­lined hooded capes and long gloves, the col­lab­o­ra­tion is one of eight in the Mon­cler Ge­nius project, where de­sign­ers in­ter­pret the brand’s sig­na­ture down ma­te­rial in un­ex­pected ways. Else­where, di­vi­sive creative di­rec­tor Demna Gvasalia has also put his unique spin on the puffer. His off-the-shoul­der quilted jack­ets for Ba­len­ci­aga, for ex­am­ple, look like some­thing a fe­male Cana­dian moun­taineer might wear to the opera. The no­tion of mak­ing this func­tional ma­te­rial fash­ion­able is not new: Re­spected names rang­ing from John Gal­liano to Junya Watan­abe have used it to avant-garde ef­fect. But with the un­abat­ing rise of luxe leisurewear, this cold-weather sta­ple has be­come cooler than ever.

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