The Moncler Gamme Rouge Fall 2016 collection, designed by Giambattista Valli, was presented in Paris at the Grand Palais, Salon d’Honneur.

A simulated mountain mise-en-scène at Moncler Gamme Rouge provided a futuristic respite. Giambattista Valli had Gstaad on the mind, specifically, the array of decorative elements found in Swiss chalets. It was a wise direction; all those St. Gallen embroideries, trimmings, lace, and leaf motifs meshed authentically with the elevated spirit of the line. Valli’s interpretations, however, took artistic license beyond the traditional; surface details in alternating accents of red, yellow, and sky blue were applied liberally to a backdrop of fil coupe, jacquard, alpaca, washed silk, and bouclé. This was haute couture at high altitude, accompanied by an electro-yodel beat. Indeed, the offbeat elements—shaggy cashmere goat breeches, black patent lederhosen, and blocky platform clogs—served as fun foil on the runway, even if they prove the least commercially viable.

The show ended with thematically aligned surprise guests: a troupe of 14 cowbell musicians called Les Battants de la Roche who are based in Fribourg, Switzerland.

Go backstage and witness the bold preparations for this theatrical show.