What a Cir­cus

Jeremy Scott proved an adept ring­mas­ter on Fri­day night as he mounted his third Moschino run­way show in Los Angeles, this time tak­ing his starry crew to the cir­cus, fol­lowed by an open­ing­night fete at car­ni­val-themed Hol­ly­wood club Madame Siam.

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Jeremy Scott took the fash­ion crowd to the cir­cus for his third show in Los Angeles.

“Ladies and gentle­men of all ages, wel­come to the Moschino cir­cus!” boomed Jeremy Scott, who did his best P.T. Bar­num as he strode into the ring of a gi­ant blue-and-red-striped cir­cus tent on Fri­day night.

Decked out in a black and gold skele­ton suit and top hat, the de­signer lit­er­ally took cen­ter stage be­fore his com­bined re­sort 2019 and spring 2019 men’s run­way show at the Los Angeles Eques­trian Cen­ter, and he rel­ished ev­ery mo­ment of it.

“We have thrills and chills and plenty of frills tonight! You will wit­ness death-de­fy­ing acts of glam­our! You will see bead­ing and em­broi­dery never be­fore at­tempted in a set­ting like this! A kalei­do­scope of colors will tan­ta­lize your eyes….So, with­out any fur­ther ado, let the show be­gin,” and with that, the crowd went wild be­fore the first look had even hit the cir­cu­lar run­way.

It was the third year in a row that the Moschino creative di­rec­tor elected to show these sea­sons in his hometown in June, and it was easy to see why. As guests pulled up to the gated grassy com­pound in Bur­bank (the horses were safely tucked into their sta­bles for the night), they were greeted by a mini Fer­ris wheel, painted carts, per­form­ers dressed in lion and bear suits and clowns on 6-foot stilts and uni­cy­cles, and that was be­fore they even got in­side the mas­sive tent, which com­fort­ably sat 450 peo­ple.

Among the starry crowd were Scott’s hometown pals Gwen Ste­fani, Kris Jen­ner, Paris Jack­son, Emma Roberts, Jas­mine San­ders, Aubrey Plaza, China Chow, Billy Idol, Lib­erty Ross, Jimmy Iovine, Jan­uary Jones and a host of oth­ers. Sev­eral stylists and Ste­fani also came with their kids in tow, hav­ing learned of the cir­cus theme days be­fore the event.

“I think we need fun al­ways,” said

Scott back­stage, as a cool breeze blew through the open flaps. “That’s kind of my role in fash­ion, bring­ing the fun, and I thought how much more fun can you have than with the cir­cus? You have ev­ery kind of look you re­ally want so….I mean, ul­ti­mately a cir­cus is rock star,” he said, ges­tur­ing at Ste­fani, who was stand­ing nearby ad­mir­ing some of the clothes. “That’s what a cir­cus is, so I have all the dif­fer­ent el­e­ments, like our suit­ing and mo­ments where you can be the clown and mix it around, or it can be very sparkly stage cos­tumes or party dresses. It can kind of ac­com­mo­date every­thing.”

In­deed, Scott sent nearly ev­ery one of his fa­vorite run­way looks into the ring, from an­i­mal-printed suits and minidresses, this time em­bel­lished with se­quins, to flower-power bell-bot­toms to clas­sic tuxedo suit­ing (ac­ces­sorized with mini top hats and canes). He also added some lit­eral cir­cus cos­tumes: the strong man leo­tard (in leop­ard print, natch), the over­size clown pants with ul­tra­high sus­penders, col­or­ful hoop skirts, color-blocked capes and span­gly trapeze artist suits. But some of these were also tweaked in clever ways: one red pair of “clown pants” was tai­lored into a form­fit­ting jump­suit, with the wide black belt form­ing a graceful off-the-shoul­der neck­line.

A metal­lic har­lequin print made for some chic and slinky disco dresses and a slim suit, and a pink chif­fon bias- cut gown was em­bel­lished with em­broi­dered can-can-themed ap­pliqués. One re­called some of Scott’s early col­lec­tion for his epony­mous line, that he showed in Paris and Los Angeles in the early Aughts, such as the foam Venus on the Half-Shell swim­suits. The newer ver­sion here was a sculpted ruf­fled mesh party dress and a

teal leo­tard dot­ted with life-sized ar­ti­fi­cial doves. Like ev­ery Moschino show, the over-the-top, tongue-in- cheek spec­ta­cle made per­fect sense in the care­fully cre­ated set­ting. And some­how, the de­signs also trans­late into sal­able sep­a­rates and ac­ces­sories (think pop­corn car­ton purses and gi­ant ties).

Scott con­tin­ued, “That’s what I love about hav­ing a show in L.A., be­cause it’s just so light and fun and you feel the love. It’s not like Mi­lan or Paris or New York where peo­ple are like, OK, jaded. These are my friends who are com­ing to my show. This isn’t some judg­men­tal sit­u­a­tion. I was at­tempt­ing to do the cir­cus orig­i­nally in Mi­lan, but then, why wouldn’t you do it at home where I can re­ally have grass and a tent and a lit­tle Fer­ris wheel and all my heart’s de­sires?”

Scott said he loved the cir­cus as a kid. “From the clowns to the trapeze, every­thing was ex­cite­ment. I’m both the ring­mas­ter and the clown.” While he ad­mit­ted, “My dream had been to be shot out of the canon at the end of the show, but it takes eight months of train­ing and I didn’t have that lux­ury,” he seemed pleased enough with the fi­nal re­sult. As he posed for cir­cus-themed pho­tos back­stage with his ex­tended fam­ily and Ste­fani and her brood (plus a few of their tiny friends), he said, “I love the grassy knoll. I wanted to have the show in a field and have it feel real, with an open-air back­stage.”

Soon he was in­ter­rupted by Kris Jen­ner, who swooped in for a hug. “How are you? Oh my God, thank you for invit­ing us.

This is be­yond,” she said. And with that, Scott dis­ap­peared into the crowd.

Ste­fani, mean­while, was en­joy­ing her time back­stage. “The only rea­son I never get to come to these shows is be­cause I have them,” she said, re­fer­ring to her three sons. “It’s hard to get out be­cause you feel re­ally guilty like, ‘I’m gonna go hang out with friends and watch a fash­ion show…’ It’s im­pos­si­ble. So tonight was the night.”

She said she didn’t learn of the show un­til a few days ago, ex­plain­ing, “I called Jeremy be­cause I’m do­ing a Ve­gas res­i­dency that starts in three weeks — and fi­nally after all these years, he’s been so un­be­liev­ably gen­er­ous to me and sweet and a friend; we’re in the same lane as far as fun and pop cul­ture and I just love what he does and he’s an artist — so any­way, I called him to do the fi­nale costume. Right now I just have a sketch. So that hap­pened. And I didn’t know about this un­til a cou­ple of days ago. I was like, ‘Oh no,

I’m in re­hearsals, but it has to hap­pen.’ And my son had a cir­cus birth­day party last week so I was like, ‘ That’s it. I have the kids so I’m bring­ing them with me.’”

Not sur­pris­ingly, she said, “Every­thing caught my eye. There’s was a pink kind of Fifties lace, then I saw the march­ing band stuff, and then this girl with the doves. I just love how the­atri­cal he gets. He just doesn’t care, he takes it all the way and he takes a lot of ref­er­ences from the Fifties and things that are my same con­stant in­spi­ra­tions.”

Ste­fani said her 12-year- old son is also show­ing early signs of her same love for fash­ion. “He sud­denly re­al­izes that name brands are su­per­cool and he has good taste, and he goes, ‘Mom, can I bor­row your Moschino?’ and I’m like, ‘Dude? OK.’ And I took a pic­ture of him in it and sent it to Jeremy and I was like, ‘Look, he’s got the fever.’ I don’t know how to han­dle it, but I guess I un­der­stand why he loves it. He does have a good eye.”

Once his run­way spec­ta­cle was over, Jeremy Scott wasn’t ready to part with the festive theme, so he kept the party go­ing by co­host­ing the open­ing night of the Hous­ton Brother’s new­est Hol­ly­wood club, Madame Siam.

The fete drew many who had at­tended the show at the Los Angeles Eques­trian Cen­ter in Bur­bank, Calif., in­clud­ing Jones, Roberts, Jack­son, Chow, Idol, Jaime King, Sasha Lane, Is­abela Moner, An­thony Kiedis, Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio and all the other mod­els, and also drew late-night guests Kris­ten Ste­wart, Robert Pat­tin­son (though not to­gether, as Ste­wart was there in sup­port of her gal pal Stella Maxwell, who mod­eled in the show) and Jeremy Ren­ner.

It was prob­a­bly the only time that such VIPs pa­tiently waited in line out­side the doors on Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard, but such is the power of Scott and Moschino’s party spirit. After mis­tak­enly queuing up in front of the en­trance to an­other section of the club, where the bouncer of­fered a pre­quel to the magic show in­side with a card trick, the group of early-com­ers (who clearly got a jump on the black car and Lyft ser­vices be­ing of­fered from the show) then filed into an­other line while the bouncer called up the guest list on his iPhone.

Once in­side the base­ment-level war­ren of rooms, guests were treated to the mu­si­cal stylings of DJs Mia Moretti, Soo Joo Park, Io Echo, Alex Chap­man and Myles Hen­drik. It would’ve been des­tined to be­come a sweaty dance party even­tu­ally, but it hap­pened sooner than later due to the non-work­ing air- con­di­tion­ing. To cool off, guests ven­tured into other hall­ways and rooms that fea­tured car­ni­val games like ring toss and shoot-the- can and more live cir­cus per­for­mances.

Roberts and her stylist friend Brit Elkin posed for a photo booth, the for­got to take their black-and-white prints. Nearby, Chow smooched with her new love Idol while cap­tur­ing the whole thing on In­sta­gram live. One of the most pop­u­lar car­ni­val games fea­tured a large wooden vis­age of Don­ald Trump, whose open mouth con­tained black plas­tic blocks that guests were in­vited to knock down with bean bags. “Go ahead, work out your anger, re­ally swing for the fences,” the booth op­er­a­tor en­cour­aged. After all, the prizes in­cluded Moschino sun­glasses, iPhone cases and ties.

Jeremy Scott’s big-tent ap­proach fea­tured with a wide spec­trum of looks from Har­lequin pat­terns to frou frou de­signs.

Scott’s metal­lic coat, and ma­gi­cian’s suit with rab­bit ears pop­ping out of the pocket.

A per­for­mance at the show.

Gwen Ste­fani, Zuma Ross­dale, Kingston Ross­dale and Apollo Ross­dale.

A fluff of a dress with flower ap­pliqués.

Jeremy Scott

The har­lequin pat­tern gets the metal­lic treat­ment.

Aubrey Plaza

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