A ladylike hamburger skirt suit? A hotdog dress with a boule cape for bread? A chocolate sundae bustier with a fishtail skirt and a cherry hat on top? For pre? “Sometimes I forget that maybe I might be a little twisted, because it’s all so natural,” Jeremy Scott laughed, talking about his Moschino resort and men’s collections on a video call from Los Angeles. “It’s enthusiastic, it’s genuine, it’s pure. It’s maybe a little bit naïve. It sounds stupid to say that about oneself, but if I think about it in terms of everyone else… Yeah! It’s a pre-collection and I have a motherfucking hotdog dress!”
The inspired films that Scott has created for Moschino during the lockdown period may have been escapist, but that sensibility has always underpinned his work. Through the crisis, Scott evaded direct references to mid- and post-pandemic dressing, drawing instead on the power of optimism to see him—and us—through. There was, however, an irony to the way he elevated symbols of mundanity in this collection, which felt so symptomatic of our moment in time, when the idea of dropping into a diner or going out for a hotdog—those mid-century postcards of American lifestyle—seemed positively exotic.
When Moschino returns to the runway this September in New York, the designer said, “it doesn’t mean I’ll leave directing behind. I’ll just not be directing what’s known as ‘fashion shows’ anymore, but maybe directing what are actual films.” Is Scott directing a movie? “That’s as far as I’ll go right now. But, I mean, how could I not after this year of creating what I’ve created?” Will it be musical? “I mean… come on, of course! They’re infectious. They make you want to get up and dance and sing along, and that’s why it’s such a perfect vehicle for me to show my resort collection. That’s the spirit I always want for people: to lose their inhibitions, kick up their heels, and have fun.”
This article was written by Alexandru Trestianu, the Managing Editor here at The A-Z Bible.