For Jeremy Scott, the Eighties isn’t a cyclical trend to be recalled every few years. The decade shaped his colorful, flamboyant aesthetic beginning in elementary school, while breaking down gender and social mores in a way that he says is especially relevant today. For the designer, being “obsessed” means living the dream: “My fashion sketches as a kid were always of pop stars wearing the designers I was excited about. Lo and behold, that’s still where I am today." Here, he talks about the decade that keeps on giving:WWD: Who were your biggest Eighties idols?Jeremy Scott: My icons were Lisa Bonet and what she was wearing on “The Cosby Show.” I still think she is the most beautiful girl in the world. Another one to whom I attribute a lot of my persona and how I wanted to look was Cyndi Lauper. The fact she was using thrift store clothes in such a brash, fun and unapologetic way really opened my mind at such a young age.WWD: In what ways did the pop stars of the Eighties influence you?J.S.: They mixed gender stereotypes in a way that was mainstream. You had Boy George looking like a woman, Annie Lennox dressing like a man, and Madonna flaunting her feminine sexuality in a way that turned the tables on objectifying women from a man’s point of view. It was a really significant time because that pushed fashion so far forward culturally. We needed these icons to make us feel like it’s OK — to give us approval. Also, the fact that Tina Turner made a comeback at what was then considered an advanced age, I feel like you saw a really big breadth of the music scene. And don’t even get me started on the rise of female rappers and all that elevated sportswear.WWD: Did you feel the same with Hollywood?J.S.: “Dynasty” was huge for me. These glam, beautiful, seductive women like Linda Evans and Joan Collins were also becoming stars at an older age. [“Dynasty" costume designer] Nolan Miller did so much to shape the way the latter half of the Eighties look. I would attribute more to him than to Claude Montana or Thierry Mugler for pushing shoulder pads. I think about how “Empire” today is doing that same niche. I am always thrilled when they put Taraji P. Henson in my pieces because it’s a totem of our time.WWD: Were all your icons women?J.S.: I also think about Pee-wee Herman. I got him on both levels. It was on the one hand so juvenile and colorful but his aesthetic was really the Memphis Group, post-modern look that burst onto the design scene in Italy in 1982. You were also seeing it with Esprit, who worked with designers like Nathalie du Pasquier and George J. Sowden. I think nothing anyone does stands solely alone. When you look back these were all movements. It’s a push and pull, a reaction of design and culture in general at large.WWD: What years specifically defined the Eighties for you?J.S.: I don’t think decades end in 0 and 9. It’s more skewed. In 1980, we still had a very Olivia Newton-John "Xanadu" Seventies vibe, but by 1982-83, it was changing and in 1984 it was this big slap. Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” (1989) was also such a defining moment for me. I remember rushing home from school to catch the video. There is no one you can say did more for that movement of underwear as outerwear than her.WWD: What are some of your other favorite fashion trends from the decade?J.S.: Men’s suits on a woman, in that context seems very Eighties, particularly the pinstripe suits worn by Annie Lennox and Madonna.WWD: Why do you think the look of the decade still works today?J.S.: It was such a rich moment culturally, there was so much diversity and creativity going on, that it made a really strong cocktail. The well is constantly here for us to draw upon.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)