Viva Las Vegas!
Jeremy Scott takes Moschino on a rip-roaring road trip to Sin City via a Hollywood catwalk.
Jeremy Scott recently brought a slice of Sin City to Hollywood, transforming Milk Studios into a catwalk version of the Las Vegas Strip, complete with neon signs, boulders and the name Moschino spelled out in light-up letters. Then he filled the runway with an assortment of showgirls, Playboy bunnies, cowpokes and motocross thrill-seekers.
The June 8 show, a combined presentation of Moschino’s 2018 resort and spring/summer 2018 menswear collections, marks the second time the label’s Los Angeles-based creative director has chosen to show here as part of WME/IMG’s Made LA lineup, and it made for the perfect point of departure for a rip-roaring Vegas-bound road trip.
As soon as the first look hit the runway — a sheer pink chiffon prairie dress covered with pinup girl appliqués — it was clear that this would be as much a trip into the past as a dash across the desert. That pinup girl imagery turned out to be one of the through lines for the women’s collection. Some pieces took the pinup inspiration back a step further to riff on the Playboy bunny — part of a season-specific collaboration with the Playboy brand — that included models in classic bunny-club attire (shoulder-baring bodysuits, fishnet stockings, bow ties and bunny ears) and a few prints showing cartoon characters Betty Boop and Olive Oyl doing their bunny best.
Another recurring motif was an airbrushed tongues-of-flame design that flickered across button-front bustiers and bodysuits for women, while jumping the fire line into the men’s collection, where they gave a dash of hot-rod flair to three-piece suits and sleeveless SpongeBob SquarePants T-shirts. For what it’s worth, the fire-threatened SpongeBob actually seemed to be enjoying his pending immolation. Perhaps that’s because it’s all for a good cause. A portion of proceeds from the SpongeBob pieces will benefit the AIDS organization (RED). Burning up both collections were flame-kissed cowboy boots and cowboy hats.
The collections doubled-down on the Western vibe, thanks to denim that included patchwork and patchwork-printed skirts, suits and overalls (our favorite patchwork ensemble consisted of a denim peplum jacket and flared pencil skirt worn down the runway by Miranda Kerr that interspersed denim panels with floral-print ones) and slouchy, faded five-pocket jeans with studding and flame-shaped lace, satin and animalprint appliqués.
A counterpoint to the blousy, breezy laid-back slip dresses came in the form of heavier motocross-inspired pieces, including studded leather biker jackets, men’s trousers with diamond-pattern quilting at the knees, a women’s onepiece bathing suit in fire-engine red with a trompe l’oeil zipper at the décolletage and a couple of motocross sticker prints thrown in for good measure.
Cowhide coats, studded-lapel biker jackets and bra tops managed to key into both the theme of the collection and the designer’s penchant for animal prints — as did snakeskin-patterned pieces that included boots, suit lapels and men’s and women’s trousers.
No Vegas-inspired runway show would be complete without overthe-top sparkle and towering feathered headdresses. Scott didn’t disappoint here either, serving up sequin-festooned finery that included double-breasted suits — standouts were a dusky purple number for the ladies and a skyblue version for the guys — bodysuits, swimsuits and the pièce de la résistance, a bra-like top that managed to combine the flame design, sequins and swaying fringe.
After the show, we found Scott surrounded by a congratulatory scrum that included Tracee Ellis Ross, Courtney Love, Fergie, Ashley Graham, Vanessa Hudgens and Joe Jonas. We asked him if the Las Vegas inspiration had sprung from anything in particular.
“No,” he said with a shrug. “I just love Las Vegas. It’s a lot of fun.”
The collections felt as fun as a Vegas road trip and whetted our appetite for a dash across the desert decked out in a suit of flames.
NO VEGAS-inspired show would be complete without over-the-top sparkle and f lair: The looks included, clockwise from top right, f lames and animal prints galore; an eight-ball top; a f laming SpongeBob; an updated cowgirl look; and a sheer chiffon prairie dress with pinup girl appliqués.