New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019 : Jeremy Scott
“I’m the muse. The meta muse. I was looking at the polaroids and thought they’re so timely today when you think about gender fluidity and how that’s part of the culture now. I was doing wild, cool looks that are very pertinent today, even though they were from '96, '97.” What was seen as outré 25 years ago has now become so normalised – not least through TV shows like the brilliant Pose, which portrays New York’s vogueing scene some 10 years before Scott’s club kid reign – that you sometimes wonder if designers like him don’t miss the ability to shock. Bar the exposed penis Rick Owens sent down a runway two years ago, outraging today’s show-goers – and even the sofa audience – is next to impossible. “The internet changed all of that. You used to have to do all this research, but now you can discover things through a link,” Scott reflected.
“But what’s wrong with sharing the things you love? Is there something on the flip side? I mean, I feel cool enough that I don’t care that people can have it and take it. I’ll always find cool things, and I’d rather that cool things be in the world.” With new-mentality flagbearers including Paris Jackson, Gigi Hadid, and Caitlyn Jenner on his front row, Scott’s influence as a frontrunner for tolerance and acceptance found human embodiment. True to that ethos, he wore a T-shirt that read: “Tell your senator no on Kavanaugh,” along with a phone number to do so. The world may have changed, but as the citizens of America are reminded far too often these days, change needs defending.