This season, Jeremy Scott wants the Moschino customer to do a hard day’s work on a road crew and then wash off the grime with a good scrub down in a car wash. That was the playful sartorial message on Thursday night when the designer turned his catwalk into a construction site framed with functioning side and drop down car wash scrubbers.
First up on the catwalk were the construction concept designs. So, models appeared wearing skirt suits crafted from dayglo safety vest material topped off with reflective trim. They sported silk dresses printed in the black and yellow barricade tape stripes or adorned in street sign motifs with clever plays on traditional warning messages like “caution couture ahead,” “shop,” or “clothed for repairs.” They were also given outerwear that mimicked the mesh look of retaining wall netting. All of these designs came with Scott’s customary twisted take on appropriate accessories – meaning handbags consisted of orange traffic cones, street signs, or a riff on a traditional metal lunchbox. They also got hardhats with lace veils, tool belts, and reflective tape pumps.
Once the ladies clocked out of their day shift, they returned to the catwalk again to run the gauntlet of spinning scrubbers that pushed in on the runway in eveningwear ensembles. Not to be outdone, Anna Cleveland twirled madly in a fringe number that mimicked said scrubbers. As did a few of the other models in their delightfully tiered fringed designs, feather explosion dresses, and sequined gowns made to look like pop art detergent packaging. And let’s not forget the satin ball gowns with working tail light trim that brought to mind the fins of a 1950s Cadillac.
This show was all in good fun and there is nothing wrong with that. In his relatively quieter moments, the designer produced some well-executed oversized bomber jackets, workmen overall inspired separates, and chain link print dresses. But Scott has never been interested in making clothing that doesn’t stand out from the crowd. At Moschino, there might be warning signs on the catwalk but no one is planning on taking a detour from the current fun-filled direction of this house.