Is Jeremy Scott giving us a hint as to his future direction? First, he moved from a premier fashion capital to a premier entertainment one. Then, he staged a couple of shows heavy on the costume and light on fashion viability. And now, Scott’s fall effort, shown on a movie screen at the Tribeca Grand, seemed to mark a shift even further away from fashion and toward entertainment.
The live “runway” portion of the show was a tongue-in-cheek riff on red-carpet style, with Scott in the role of a reporter flagging down models and celebs, including China Chow and Lisa Marie, dressed in his wares. The clothes, too, were a take on Hollywood glamour, from pieces like a black strapless gown stenciled with the words ‘Sunset Blvd” to some looks that wouldn’t be out of place at the Oscars, like a strapless red siren gown or a mint-green jersey halter dress. However, Scott also digressed into Jetson’s-style kookiness with a gold dress adorned with a huge, padded circular collar.
But it was the short film shown after the red-carpet extravaganza that showcased Scott’s real talents. Written, directed, produced and costumed by Scott, the movie, called “Starring,” featured the likes of Monet Mazur, Amber Valletta, Tori Spelling, Asia Argento, as well as Chow and Lisa Marie in a campy, soap-opera-style spoof. The film, however, while thoroughly amusing, begs the question — does Scott’s cabaret really belong in the fashion industry? It’s a question only he can answer.