The word "circus" has become ingrained in the fashion vernacular in recent years. "It was a total circus," is something you might hear an exhausted fashion editor say after attending a hot-ticket or over-the-top fashion show (that is, in the event that they don't use a word like "shitshow" or "clusterfuck"). See also: "Fashion week has become such a circus," said in exasperation.
Moschino, and its Creative Director Jeremy Scott, have certainly been subject to such comments in the past, but for the Italian luxury label's Resort 2019 show in Los Angeles on Friday night, they reclaimed that term for a full-blown circus-themed show that turned out to be more delightful than irritating.
Perhaps thanks to the somewhat out-of-the-way venue (but not too out-of-the-way) and open-air location — at an equestrian center in Burbank, there were no crashers, no trouble getting in. Logistically, it was all pretty civilized. There was a bit of a wait before things got started, during which time we were entertained by cotton candy, a ferris wheel, a juggling stilt-walker, a balloon artist and more.
During the show, too, there was more (like, way more) than enough to grab our attention. There were of course the clothes: In signature Scott fashion, every look was an exaggerated feast for the eyes. For starters, we saw an off-the-shoulder Bermuda short romper layered over striped tights, a sequined zebra-stripe suit, a dress with one sleeve that extended into a glove, joker-inspired suiting, lampshade skirts and some truly over-the-top eveningwear. Accessories included clown shoes, tiny hats and enormous bows. With wild eye makeup and colorful wigs, effectively, they looked like clowns.
Then there were the models: Many recognizable faces like Alessandra Ambrosio, Molly Bair, Teddy Quinlivan, Stella Maxwell, Soo Joo Park and more let their personalities shine in the circus-ring runway. After walking the circle, several would move inward and engage with the various ladders, dumbbells, giant baby bottles, etc. gathered as props in the middle.
There was a lot to look at (especially if you count the glimpses at front row guests Kris Jenner, Gwen Stefani and Eve I was trying to get), but that wasn't a bad thing. I'll admit: I wasn't really in the mood for a fashion show on this particular Friday evening, and arrived ready for some predictable, gimmicky spectacle and Insta-bait set. In the end, it was actually a perfectly fun, hilarious, absurd, nonsensical, light-hearted distraction at the end of a dark and serious week. Scott delivered the humor and fantasy he does best — exactly when we needed it the most.
See the full collection in the gallery below.