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What you need to know about Moschino’s SS16 extravaganza

Baroque-n-roll: king of kitsch Jeremy Scott gets inspired by Fellini's ‘Casanova’ for his latest menswear show


The Tour de France met the court of Versailles in Jeremy Scott's latest Moschino menswear collection, presented as a one-off show as part of Pitti Uomo in Florence. As Michel Gaubert's electro version of Beethoven's 5th Symphony struck up, 18th century courtiers wore Moschino-branded cyclist garb with cartoon crowns perched on their heads. They were accompanied by Madame Pompadour-tinged biker chicks in leggings and corsets. For one heady night in the Palazzo Corsini, modern day speed freaks adopted the languor of decadent aristocrats.


Scott cited Fellini’s Casanova as the primary reference for the 18th century frock coats and whiffs of mantuas that permeated the collection. Fellini's take on the era’s lothario was a stylistically surreal one and a similar tone was injected into the collection. Decadent jacquards and Colefax & Fowler florals were scrawled with a hint of a cartoon character. "How do I make these fabrics my own?" asked Scott after the show. Owning this historical epoch is exactly what Scott did. Who else can lay claim to his biking Baroque clan?


There was no 50 minute hold up this time round as Katy Perry flew in for one night to fete this one-off menswear show with her bestie Scott. A$AP Rocky was sat next to her, welding a Super 8 camera to shoot the show – "I see a lot of cool shit. I just want to start documenting but I'm not ready to put them out yet," he said. A$AP's verdict on the show? "Jeremy always brings his youthful aesthetic to whatever it does. That’s what I love about it."

“Scott wanted to create a space where the ‘future met the past’ by replicating the frescos of the palace ceilings on the floor and installing a lit-up runway that was part 2001 Space Odyssey, part Staying Alive 


Although Scott was already in a baroque-n-roll mood before knowing Moschino was going to show in Florence, the Palazzo Corsini, a stellar example of Baroque architecture was the perfect choice of venue. Scott wanted to create a space where the "future met the past" by replicating the frescos of the palace ceilings on the floor and installing a lit-up runway that was part 2001 Space Odyssey, part Staying Alive. "You’re in this rotating future room with this obelisk of light coming through for the models to walk," he said.  


The afterparty was held in the courtyard of the Palazzo and was already the talk of the town with Florentine teenagers begging for tickets. The newly crowned Scott held his own Moschino court with Perry by his side, followed by a wave of fawning fans with iPhones at the ready.