A feminine hamburger skirt suit? A hot dog dress with a ball cape for the bread? A chocolate cut bustier with a fishtail skirt and a cherry hat on top? For the meadow? “Sometimes I forget that maybe I’m a little twisted, because everything is so natural,” Jeremy Scott said with a laugh, talking about his Moschino resort and men’s collections on a video call from Los Angeles. Angeles. “It’s enthusiastic, it’s authentic, it’s pure. It may be a little naive. It sounds stupid to say that for yourself, but if I think of it in everyone’s terms… Yeah! It’s a pre-collection and I have a fucking hot dog dress! The inspired films Scott created for Moschino during the lockdown may have been an escape, but that sensibility has always underpinned his work. Throughout the crisis, Scott has avoided direct references to mid-pandemic and post-pandemic dressings, instead relying on the power of optimism to see it – and us – go through. There was, however, an irony in the way he elevated the symbols of banality in this collection, which was so symptomatic of our times, when the thought of going down to a restaurant or going out for a hot dog – these mid-century postcards from The American Lifestyle – sounded positively exotic.
For Scott, life is a musical, or at least it should be. After last season’s spectacular museum, Jungle Red, he wanted to work more with Karen Elson. After Radio Redhead, Vol. On the 1, the cover album she released in December, she asked Scott which covers he thought she should record for a potential volume two. These conversations inspired Lightning Strikes, the all-American tribute to the classic musicals that framed the resort town of Moschino and the men’s collections, and culminated in a performance of the original song of the same title, which Elson recorded for a next recording of his own material.
The film, which was shot on the grounds of Universal Studios, stars Elson as a waitress, who dreams of herself away from the hustle and bustle of her shift, with customers, cooks and other waitresses standing by. transforming into his backup dancers. She sings a cover of Chic’s “Clap Your Hands” before stepping out onto the streets for a rendition of Lipps Inc’s “Funkytown” (with a 50-person dance streak), and finally goes to a theater where a performance on the crescendos pinball theme in a music video for “Lightning Strikes”. “And then it was just a dream, like any good Hollywood movie!” Scott said. Along the way, the designer also made his own dreams come true. Thanks to Moschino, the cinematic world Scott grew up with – his ideal alternate universe – materialized in real life, one Technicolor musical version of a waitress dress at a time. Between the chorus lines, he has managed to come up with a complete wardrobe, although it may not be for the faint of heart. Crayola-colored pinstripe stitching paid homage to Guys and Dolls, a series of easy modern mid-century day dresses followed suit, and Scott’s pinball motif inspired a biker jacket bolero and a cocktail dress adorned with real pinball machines.