Jeremy Scott and Moschino follow up their colorful Super Mario Bros. collaboration with the presentation of their FW16 collection in Milan. Inspired by a mob of puritanical Dominicans that stormed Florence on the night of Mardi Gras in 1497 to destroy objects of beauty that they thought might lead to evil, the collection celebrates the beauty that arises from the event’s destruction.
Dresses feature the splintered shards of smashed gilded mirrors, or a grand chandelier made with crystals from Swarovski that’s fallen from the ceiling above. Another is decked out with the stringy innards of a destroyed grand piano. In a technical first, a few dresses are followed by trails of smoke as they come down the runway – beneath their skirts and crinolines are integrated smoke machines.
Of course no current Moschino collection would be complete without a healthy dose of pop culture appropriation. This season that takes the form of cigarette carton evening bags, a logical followup to last season’s to the house’s “Fresh Couture” fragrance.