NYFW: Jeremy Scott

(Images via Vogue)

Although I’m guessing most of us even a couple of months older than the average model’s age at the F/W 2017 Jeremy Scott show are, in fact, too old for the collection he offered, it was nevertheless great fun to watch and dream (as we’ve have to do for the monetary aspect, I suppose, as well). We saw the typically Scott-ian playful qualities, like plenty of texture: fringe, feathers, and the already-seeming-quite-popular-this-season crushed velvet, as teamed with Jesus motifs, cartoon characters, large font declaring silly little aphorisms (‘As seen on TV’), and Elvis, among others.

Interestingly, however, Vogue argued that the message ran deeper than the lighthearted sensibilities one might read so  casually up front.  Like many of the other design houses vexed by the fixed outcome of the most recent American presidential election, the site explained that “his point seemed to be: Kill Yr Idols”

“Or,” they yodeled on, “at the very least, don’t elect them to high office. That eye-catching man in the gold-sequined pants, he may look a vision, but he probably has the mental capacity of the cartoon character that appears on his tee, the one expelling toxic green steam out of the top of his head. If Scott’s message here was discernible, it was hardly overt; indeed, there was something genuinely radical in the way he flipped his fears about our new administration around, responding to the potential for a crackdown on liberties by claiming space for fun. As much fun as possible. As much fun as an American is free to have…This is what freedom looks like, Scott seemed to be saying, in his own ludic vernacular.”

With, I’m adding, this season’s ubiquitous seventies-cum-nineties punch.  The throwbacks to those earlier periods made the clothes that much more desirable (spoken by someone who impatiently waited for those eras to come back after that impossibly long visitation of the eighties during the aughts); after all, who doesn’t want a little social justice with her fishnets, flairs, and leopard prints? Okay, maaaaybe it is all a little on the young side.  But if we say we’re wearing it for a good cause, does it mean we can sneak it in?

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