Clothes help bind us to our gender. They define us, but do they confine us?
Stars from the Stars
This season at Moschino, Jeremy Scott ventures deep into Area 51 territory to concoct a collection that puts conspiracy theory into fashion practice. What if extra-terrestrials really did walk among us? What if Marilyn Monroe really was knocked off by the feds to stop her spilling the beans about her Roswell pillow talk with JFK?? And – deep breath – wasn’t Jackie O too perfect to be human???
The parallel narratives of the paranoid are deployed by Scott to create a collection that’s so real it’s unreal. Our first contact comes via a series of out of this world dresses and separates that mix just so mid-century daywear with the cut and zippers of the iconic Moschino biker jacket.
The colors are pumped: Scott ventured beyond the realms of Pantone this season to discover powerful shades that have fallen into disuse. Some looks feature wide vertical stripes, others touches of leather, and yet other sports-touched looks come in a three colorway, cracked zig-zag brocade. A Moschino foulard print is twisted with polka-pixels. We see Venus in faux furs. Everything’s matchy-matchy. She’s fabulous – and she’s not from around here.
Further frazzle is delivered thanks to this season’s capsule collection, a collaboration with the awesome Australian artist Ben Frost. Presented on the FW 18-19 fashion show runway, the capsule pairs the brand’s ironic, irreverent spirit with Frost’s visual approach, blending fashion, pop-art and a cartoon style in a series of brand new graphics and overlays that reinterpret the contemporary mainstream iconography.
MoCola soda bubbles and the Fresh detergent bin alternate with images and writing taken from packaging used for popsicles, candies, cereals and pills complete with directions and nutritional values. At the same time, Frost reworks his famous women’s faces and eyes in both the macro version and in original mash-ups recreated on inlays and prints seasonal technicolor.
The capsule is made up of an increasingly wide and varied selection of t-shirts, t-shirt dresses, sweatshirts, knitwear and jersey dresses, while the line of coordinated accessories plays with leather and PVC, offering various shapes and models including pouches, backpacks, shopper bags and shoulder bags adorned with metal chains. The range also includes a slip-on sneaker with contrasting sole, a wallet, a baseball cap and iPhone covers, becoming true collector’s items for fashionistas all over the world.
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