The Moschino Fall/Winter 16 show space felt like a dusty and old abandoned mansion, with a battered grand piano and fallen chandelier in the middle, and broken picture frames in another corner. The runway was a U-shaped one, with overlapping Persian rugs and a huge brassy-coloured picture frame that was made to look like an archway of sorts, through which the models walked. And, when Creative Director Jeremy Scott told us that the collection was about the 1490s, it all started to make sense. The particular period in time that Scott was trying to recreate, was the Bonfire of the Vanities, a time in history when the puritanical Dominicans stormed through Florence, smashing objects of beauty like mirrors, musical instruments, art, decoration, and clothing, and set them ablaze because these were believed to be evil.
The runway show began with the sounds of a motorcycle being revved up, and pretty soon it was obvious that there were three very distinct themes that made up the FW16 collection. First, the biker leather-clad collections with the word "warriors"scribbled on their leather jackets, caps and belts that were paired with jewel-toned taffeta tops.
Then came the models in the capsule collection, with a cigarette and matchsticks theme and the cheeky phrase "fashion kills" as a play on the all-too-familiar "smoking kills" warning (see tomorrow's blogpost for the complete capsule collection!).
And for the grand finale, out came models in evening dresses with irregular-shaped cut-outs to give off the impression that it had been singed, as though the models were attending a grandiose ball and dinner party, and their dresses caught fire while they fled the inferno. Some walked giddily down the runway, with their faces and body language displaying the trauma that they were feeling. If you think this is theatrical, the ultimate showstoppers (notwithstanding the chandelier dress above) were the dresses which were literally still smoking as the models walked down the runway - this was all thanks to portable smoke machines that were activated with movements such as a wiggle of the hips, or the shaking and fanning of the ballgown skirt. There was even a dress with piano keys stripped of their ivory and stringed onto the dress, held together with the wire on which the hammer mechanism would typically resonate against to produce sound on a piano.
Kudos to Scott, for putting on such a spectacular show! If you haven't already watched the FW16 show, watch it right here, because descriptions simply don't do it any justice.
Images courtesy of Moschino