Los Angeles-based designer Jeremy Scott is about to bring his eccentric, ironic and subversive touch to Florence. There, the designer will unveil his third Moschino men’s collection with a runway show on June 18 at the city’s late Baroque Palazzo Corsini during Pitti Uomo.

Here, Scott discusses his approach to men’s wear and reveals the inspiration behind his new collection for the Italian brand.

This story first appeared in the June 10, 2015 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

What’s your approach to men’s wear in general?
I always start from a place, from what I want to wear, what is missing from my dream wardrobe and go from there. Men’s wear for me is always a lot about my own personal style and things that I like and can imagine wearing either in my daily life or on the red carpet.

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What are your long-term goals for the Moschino men’s line?

To make it the coolest men’s wear collection in the world.

How would you describe the relationship between the Moschino women’s and men’s lines?
There is always a common thread even if the two collections are not connected by the same theme. Sometimes men’s wear serves as inspiration for aspects or prints of the women’s resort or pre-fall and vice-versa.”

How did the spring 2016 men’s collection come about?
I started with some elements that intrigued me — diverse elements, from cyclists to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I was steadfast that I wanted to work with brocades and find a new way of treating them to render them contemporary while still garnering their Baroque Old World elements that I was attracted to.

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