“I’m a maximalist who lives in a minimalist house,” Jeremy Scott confessed backstage at Moschino, referring to the contrast between his gilded-to-the-hilt Moschino collection and his John Lautner digs back home in Los Angeles, which he reckons is “89 percent glass.”
The show set combined the two worlds, recreating the final scene from “2001: A Space Odyssey” with its illuminated white floor and ornate French moldings and Louis XVI décor.
The whimsical “Be Our Guest” scene from Disney’s animated “Beauty and the Beast” also came to mind once the clothes came out, with spoons running amok as buttons, teapots as handbags and candelabra as evening hats.
Wearing a logo sweatshirt declaring “Gilt Without Guilt,” Scott explained backstage that he decided to transform the showy tropes of an old mansion into clothes, yielding a host of visual jokes: a quilted bed jacket turned into a cocktail dress, complete with a filigree headboard; a black evening gown with jutting picture-frame shoulders, and a coromandel screen not trying to be anything else, wobbling around the model as she navigated the runway.
As fashion-tainment, it was a hoot, from the reading light and fringed lampshade hats by Stephen Jones to the downright silly finale gown with a life-sized gold harp sprouting out the back, its strings decked out in crystal beading.
Some of the clothes sprung from furnishings were surprisingly wearable, including a tapestry worked as a long slim vest to the opening black-and-white suits that sent up Rue Cambon, replacing gold buttons with hot and cold faucet handles.
Bella and Gigi Hadid added to the fun, striking their best Dovima-like poses before Scott came out for his bow in a red spacesuit, a ringer for Dr. David Bowman in the Stanley Kubrick film.