Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
February 11, 2017
• Jesus Christ, fashion star?
• That was the question that ran through my mind as Gigi Hadid opened the Jeremy Scott show in velvet bellbottoms with Christ’s face emblazoned on each thigh. Where could he possibly be going with this? I wondered as Hadid stomped down Scott’s white faux fur runway.
• One might not expect Scott—with his pop culture puns and cartoon prints—to turn out a collection rooted in politics. But anyone lucky enough to have picked Scott’s brain once or twice knows that he’s not only plugged in, but pensive, and his clothes—no matter how outrageous—are often reflections of the current state of affairs.
• Fall 2017 was based around the phrase “As Seen on TV.” His models, with their stuffed-animal fur stoles, fuchsia velvet trousers, Vegas showgirl headpieces, and fishnet stockings, seemed parodies of OTT indulgence and excess. There was even a pair of gilded sequin looks—a fringed frock and wing-embellished cape worn by Anna Cleveland, and golden sequin pants, paired with pointed silver shoes and a leopard-print coat, worn by a bleach-blonde male model. All that gold…make you think of anyone?
• The Christ imagery ran throughout, sometimes adorning dresses, other times appearing on platform shoes or t-shirts. But it was sometimes switched out for a cartoon interpretation of Michael Jackson, or a technicolor rendering of Marie Antoinette.
• Elvis, too, seemed to be a reference, evidenced by the studded white leather bomber-and-bellbottoms look Hadid donned later in the show.
• So what does it all mean? I took it as a warning that blind worship of anyone—whether it be a religious figure or a rockstar—can lead to complete and utter debauchery.
• Another takeaway? Trump is to President of the United States as Jesus Christ is to a fashion plate. Make of that what you will.