The designer’s visit will surely lead to more: Scott has agreed to mount a retrospective of his fashions at the Dallas Contemporary museum in 2017.
“It’s going to be my 20th anniversary next year, so to have the Contemporary do an exhibition of my work is a very exciting and thrilling moment,” he said over lunch at Forty Five Ten. “It’ll have things from my entire career. We’re still figuring out exactly how we want to use the space. Right now I have the opportunity [to use all 26,000 square feet], but I’m not sure.”
As colorfully clad Millennials queued for him to sign his “Jeremy Scott” coffee table book, the designer explained that Dallas Contemporary executive director Peter Doroshenko approached him last year about doing the show.
“Suddenly Dallas has become a big part of my life, and now I feel like I’m part of the fabric of the community here,” Scott said. “There is a lot of glamor and fun, and that is nice because sometimes things can be too staid and boring. People really give a little gusto and I like that.”
The night before, the designer was guest of honor at a rooftop party at the Joule hotel for high-dollar donors to the Dallas Museum of Art. The perch affords a clear view of the new Forty Five Ten rising across the street. The four-story store with a tea room is due to open by Nov. 1, noted Brian Bolke, president.
“The theme of the Art Ball is ‘Art+Architecture,’ and the theme of this [Moschino] collection was construction, so we wanted to do it overlooking the construction site of the new store,” Bolke said. “It was kind of a great tie-in.”
Forty Five Ten has long carried Moschino and also offers Scott’s label.
“I think [Moschino] is one of the only brands that makes people smile,” Bolke reflected. “There are not enough things in fashion that don’t take themselves so seriously. The other side of that coin is that they are some of the most beautifully made clothes, and I really do think that every piece has the potential to be a collector’s item. They always speak to that time and moment.”
The brand is growing rapidly, said Michelle Stein, president of Aeffe USA, Moschino’s parent.
“Our Moschino [fall] season was 36 percent ahead including ready-to-wear — a huge jump,” she said. “We’re just getting started on Jeremy Scott collection — it’s our second season with it.”
Scott was next headed to the Kansas City Film Festival for a screening of “Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer.”
“I’m going to go home and make my mom proud and do all the local news there,” he said. “Then to L.A. and Palm Springs for my annual party at Coachella and then on to New York to shoot the ad campaign with Steven Meisel and then on to Milan to start doing fittings.”
More Moschino Barbie dolls are undoubtedly ahead, too.
“I am Barbie Boy, right?” Scott said coyly. “So they say.”