Strong Eighties-infused patterns, pops of bright shades and nostalgic vibes inspired by New York’s pop art movement and club culture inundated the runway at New York Fashion Week today. Jeremy Scott’s spring/summer 2017 collection paid homage to the city that hosted its runway show, while at the same time celebrating one of the world’s most whimsical and visionary artistic movements of all times.
Although New York and Pop Art are Jeremy Scott’s conceptual focal points for his spring/summer 2017 collection, the designer managed to filter everything through a youthful, cheerful lens, as he likes “to have a little bit of fun,” while creating his signature pieces.
Fun and jocose indeed, the Jeremy Scott spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection brought both male and female models on stage, all dressed up in looks that, somehow, were cut to capture a sense of the undone. Nothing was perfect or too refined, in what could be regarded as a trick that gave the entire collection a fresh, carefree sensuality we yet had to see.
Mesh embroideries and skimpy crop tops surely helped the models and the proposals rock a strong, confident attitude, reinforced in this case by Jeremy Scott’s Eighties-inspired glam rock vibe as seen from the very beginning of the show.
Not for nothing, the Jeremy Scott spring/summer 2017 collection’s color palette was incredibly bold and variegated, with neon shades and black backgrounds often worn all together. Aside from the bright colors, Jeremy Scott’s way of revisiting the Eighties includes other stand-out features as well, such as extravagant latex-refined futuristic staples that deconstruct the figures and catapult us in one of the main sci-fi movies of the Eighties.
Although sci-fi-inspired motifs are one of Scott’s most recurring themes, this time around the American designer translated them to a more club kid inspired sort of pattern, meant to inspire us, while contemporarily subverting the norms instead of just being functional and practical if worn while driving a spaceship.
“[It] looks like a UFO landed on it,” explained Jeremy regarding his most bizarre creation. “I wanted to capture this mood, this mix of punk and S&M with kind of a disco glamour, but sci-fi at the same time.”
When deconstructing his creations, Jeremy Scott also experimented with one of Pop Art’s most familiar techniques: collage. For his collection, the 41-year-old designer cut and pasted oversized buttons, sequined embellishments and even patterns on most of his proposals, often reproducing them in sequence as if they were frames of still films.
If that wasn’t Pop Art-inspired enough, Jeremy Scott also treated us to bold, extravagant captions such as ‘Slime City’, ‘Hot Hot Hot’ and ‘Rated’ printed on oversized knitted sweaters, captivatingly introducing us to a familiar yet new motif inspired by entirely fresh ideas.
“I was just really thinking about New York City folklore, the early ’80s that I’ve read about in books and magazines,” Jeremy Scott said backstage. “These fun party scenes and these extravagant characters going around on the Lower East Side, and Times Square being seedy and having X-rated theaters.”
As for the cartoonish patterns and bare legs designed on the shirts and body-cons, Jeremy Scott precisely aimed at shocking not his loyal customers, but rather those who are not used to his way of perceiving fashion, as all of his proposals are specifically meant to be merely funny and inspiring.
“I like the idea that when people are wearing my clothes, they’re having fun,” he said. “They’re living life, and yeah, they’re creating memories for people to look back 20 years or so and think, ‘Wow, I want to be doing a show on the folklore of that time because it was so crazy!'” he concluded.
Photos courtesy of Vogue