Jeremy Scott on why Moschino + Sephora Collection is worth the wait.
Jeremy Scott lightens the mood with Moschino’s first-ever beauty collaboration.
ON THE DAY OF MOSCHINO’S Resort 2018 show, the June sky in L.A. is completely overcast, and it’s not particularly hot. Every news channel and social-media platform is tuned to former FBI director James Comey, who is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Needless to say, my California state of mind is not reminiscent of any Katy Perry song.
When I arrive at Milk Studios in Hollywood, things start to look up. The show is set to begin in less than an hour, but the brand’s creative director, Jeremy Scott, who greets me in red leather pants and a SpongeBob-embossed blue sweatshirt, is unperturbed. He tells me about Moschino’s partnership with Sephora Collection with a singular focus that belies the hectic scene backstage. “It’s the cutest makeup you’ve ever seen,” says Scott enthusiastically, and I can’t disagree. The seven-piece limitededition collection prominently features one of Moschino’s most enduring symbols: the teddy bear.
Originally debuted on a Franco Moschino-designed dress in the fall/winter ’88 collection, the bear has been reincarnated in various forms (notably as a plushy fragrance bottle) but never as gilded casing for makeup. The largest piece in the collection (comparable in size to a child’s toy) opens to reveal a brightly hued eyeshadow palette. A smaller—but no less weighty—bear has been hollowed out to store a lipgloss (it comes with six) and can be worn as a necklace. When you look at the collection—like most of Scott’s work—you can’t help but smile. “There’s so much negativity in the world,” he says. “I don’t want to be a part of that in any way.” At a time when so many designers are using the runway to make political statements, glorious optimism is one in itself. “I know that my role here is to promote positivity and joy, to try to be that light,” he explains. “I love to be able to put my arms around more people and have them be a part of the Moschino family in some capacity.” n
The design is impressive, but formulation was just as important. The Bear Highlighter ($28, left) debuts a pressing technology that gives the powder a creamy feel and pearlescent finish. From top: Moschino + Sephora Collection Bear Eyeshadow Palette ($60), Bear Lip Gloss Chain ($40) and Bear Brush Set ($68 for a set of five). For details, see Shopping Guide.