The Moschino creative director has a rich history of appropriating popular culture – here’s our favourite selects to match his style
We all know that Jeremy Scott has spent a career working alongside his favourite contemporaries, counting Katy Perry, A$AP Rocky and Miley Cyrus as his muses as well as his mates. If you drill further into his work, through the Tweety Bird iPhone cases and brash references to the likes of McDonald’s and SpongeBob; or his SS15 “Barbie” collection – where front row guests were treat to limited edition Barbie dolls – it’s obvious that there is a resounding appropriation of popular culture in everything he touches.
Where better to start then, than a track from PC Music label head A.G. Cook? The collective have rapidly been building a vast selection of legitimate bubble-gum pop bangers over the last two years, the perfect audio reference point to Moschino’s candy coated glamour. Released last year, “Beautiful” sounds like it could be lifted directly from the catwalk of any of Moschino’s recent runway shows and sets up the frenzied pace carried throughout the rest of the playlist perfectly.
Moschino always sat close to the heart of UK garage, so the mix drops something from Mista Men, who put out a series of future-garage gems between 2010 and 2013. Two artists from the musically vibrant South Africa bring the playlist towards a close: Die Antwoord’s culturally kaleidoscopic view of their home country bears similarities to Scott’s technicolour ghetto designs, and the frenetic beats of Nozinja’s Shangaan electro were practically lifted from a piece of his ready-to-wear and passed through an audio translator.
Finally, SOPHIE’s “Lemonade” is the only logical place to round the playlist off after its recent inclusion in a McDonald’s advert. Last month the Kansan summed the essence of our playlist up perfectly when speaking in the trailer for his forthcoming documentary, Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer, saying, “I want my clothes to live, to party, to have fun.”