In the third of his pandemic trilogy of
Scott conceived the idea on the set of his last
Elson plays a beautiful chanteuse, working a dayshift in a diner but dreaming of escaping the monotony for something more glamorous. She eyes the diner’s jukebox and when Chic’s “Everybody Dance” comes on. Elson, dressed in a rainbow-coloured day dress, breaks into her own infectious cover version and is joined by everyone in the diner.
They dance on tables wearing a joyful fantasia of colour and eras. There are cartoonish pink and yellow chalk stripe suits, and bright pastel varsity cardigans with Moschino lettering and even a hat shaped like a stack of pancakes. From forties shoulders to sixties flares the looks reference several decades at once. “I want to create a fantasy world, so I take little notes and brush strokes of all those eras,” explained Scott.
As if that wasn’t joyful enough, Scott then amped up the fantasy with a witty dream sequence of food couture looks – a hotdog couture cape and a melting ice cream sundae bustier dress, and a burger dress. “It’s actually the Katy Perry burger,” says Scott, referencing the famous look Perry wore to the
Elson also performs her new single, “Lightning Strikes” with this segment of the film doubling as her new music video.
“Everything that I do is so instinctual. It’s just natural, it comes from the heart,” said Scott, but his latest mini-movie is just the jolt of joy that pandemic weary punters crave. With the success of The Heights and planned film versions of West End smashes Everyone’s Talking About Jamie and Dear Evan Hansen as well as a West Side Story remake from Steven Spielberg, Scott’s Moschino’s mini-musical cleverly taps into a revival of the musical genre in the wider culture.
Trust Jeremy Scott to wrap his creative head around the challenges of pandemic filmmaking and come out on top. The fact that he lives in La La Land, and grew up on an aesthetic informed by Hollywood’s dream factory, has given him an edge. He’s one of fashion’s great communicators and if pandemic has taught us anything about him, it’s that his creativity and aesthetic wit can translate across many genres.
He’s rightly proud of his output but says, “it’s a lot of work, because, I am conceptualizing these films, and bringing them to life and helping to produce them as well as doing the fashion designer side of my normal job of it too.” He wears his many hats well.
He hopes to return to live shows in September, but Scott has enjoyed making his Moschino fashion movies so much that he plans to direct a full-length movie, joining
Photography courtesy of Moschino.