CULTURE

Jackets Required

The Moncler puffer is a fashion staple—and, this season, an artistic inspiration for some of the world’s top photographers.


Moncler chairman and CEO RemoRuffini is as passionate about photography as he is about puffer jackets. The two come together in his latest project, “Art for Love,” an auction in support of amfAR, the foundation for AIDS research, on Paddle8.com through September 29.The works, curated by Fabien Baron, are by 32 of Ruffini’s favorite photographers—among them David Bailey, Peter Lindbergh, Paolo Roversi, Brigitte Lacombe, and Bruce Weber, the man Ruffini credits with giving him the photo bug. All were asked to interpret the brand’s Maya duvet jacket, an iconic style for the past 60 years, and the results are as diverse as the group itself: Guido Mocafico, who is known for his striking still lifes, covered the jacket in its own plush down, and provocateur Steven Klein presented it as the victim of a crime. “Great masters create works that bare their souls and stop time,” Ruffini says. “I wanted to harness that power.”

Photos: Jackets Required

Photo by Brigitte Lacombe.

“Art for Love,” by Alasdair McLellan.

“Art for Love,” by Mikael Jansson.

“Art for Love,” by Guido Mocafico.

“Art for Love,” by Craig McDean.

“Art for Love,” by Steven Klein.

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