Jeremy Scott on why Moschino + Sephora Col­lec­tion is worth the wait.

Jeremy Scott light­ens the mood with Moschino’s first-ever beauty col­lab­o­ra­tion.

ELLE (Canada) - - Insider - By Vic­to­ria Di Placido

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.

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