Jeremy Scott’s hyperbolic and comical fashions have made him one of New York’s most recognizable designers, as well as one of the names brazen musical youth flock to when they want to inject their look with a dose of wit and insanity. Singers already prone to dress like anime characters — Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga among them — are massive fans of his clothes, with Weezy even becoming the unofficial red carpet ambassador for Scott’s oft-blogged about “teddy bear sneakers.”
Like a trip through a fun house, a Scott show thrives on themes — the more extreme, the better. This season, the designer took a trip to wild(er) West, and came up with cow prints, a ton of bleached denim, and “assless chaps.” As always, the result made for a scandalous runway spectacle fueled by some equally rambunctious music selections. Scott checks in with Rolling Stone to discuss his uproarious collection, his obsession with the cartoonish aspects of pop, and why cowboys are so deliciously campy.
With your western theme this season, were certain icons of that genre of music also a point of reference? If so, which ones?
Well, Dolly Parton, of course! I went to see her show at the Hollywood Bowl in July. She’s amazing and I love her!
What do you love about Katy Perry and Rihanna — and why are they ideal Jeremy Scott muses?
Katy has so much fun with everything that she wears, and humor is such a big part of my work, so she and I go together like hand in glove. And Rihanna is simply the epitome of cool. I love how she looks in my clothes: sexy and effortless, which is a lethal combination!
What music did you listen to while designing this collection?
I love pop music, so Katy, Rihanna, Gaga, and Madonna are always in the mix. I’ve also been listening the Phil Spector collection of ultimate 60s hits. I can listen to anything that comes out of Beth Ditto’s mouth and I play Robyn non-stop!
What was the runway music you chose and why?
I opened the show with Motley Crue’s “Girls Girls Girls.” I had been driving in L.A., listening to the radio and one day it came on, and it just hit me that was the right song for the show. I also played Juice Newton’s classic hit, “Queen of Hearts.” I love the song – it’s a classic and I felt it would be unexpected for a fashion show. Several styles had a heart motif, so there was a wink to these designs as well.
What is your favorite western-themed movie? Music video?
There are so many, but I love The Best Lil’ Whore House In Texas as well as The Electric Horseman, and I love watching “Hee Haw” on YouTube! Carline Carter’s “Every Little Thing” is the perfect pop country retro music video.
What qualities of cowboy culture make it easy to lampoon or fetishize?
Well, the men already wear chaps, so that is pure fetish already without me even having to lift a finger!