Viva Las Ve­gas!

Jeremy Scott takes Moschino on a rip-roar­ing road trip to Sin City via a Hol­ly­wood cat­walk.

Los Angeles Times - - IMAGE - By Adam Tschorn adam.tschorn@la­times.com

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.

Kirk McKoy Los An­ge­les Times

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.

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