Dressing the likes of Lady Gaga, Beth Ditto, Lil Wayne and most recently, Katy Perry at the EMA Awards in Bristol last week; it seems pretty understandable why Jeremy Scott is seemingly hot property, with a tremendously creative yet camp approach, that makes Boy George look like George Osborne.
After studying Fashion Design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, the American fashion designer has shown at all major Fashion Week’s, including Moscow and Seoul, appeared in numerous publications (i.D, Dazed & Confused, NYLON); his own photography skills having also featured on the front cover of Paper and Les Inrockuptibles magazine, as well as appearing in American soap opera, The Young and Restless and gaining rave reviews in the Larry Clark film, Wassup Rockers.
After launching his label onto the Paris catwalk in 1997, the epitome of cool has designed an array of influential clothing and awakened stimulating concepts, in a way in which many predecessors of his could only dream of achieving. Having been described as, “An example of lowbrow culture transformed into high art” due to his conceptual pieces that take elements of streetwear, graphic cartoon prints and abstract shapes, which then change every season to embrace the impulse of what he is feeling at that precise point. Highlights include the Bone to be Wild S/S 2010 collection (Wilma Flintstone meets The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Eat The Rich (A/W 2006), that saw a snickers bar sweater dress and prints now made accessible by the Lazy Oaf store on Carnaby Street. Perhaps the most recognisable would be his collaboration with Adidas, with the gangster/angelic-wing design on the hip hop-hi top trainer being an international bestseller.
Acquiring similarities between himself and Jeff Koons for his love of pop-culture, Jeremy Scott is a designer who has his own brilliant mind and is not afraid of mixing the futuristic elements of tribal sportswear, ferociously bright colours and an accurate ideology of what is happening in today’s society. With comparisons to fellow dynamic creatives; Cassette Playa, JC de Castelbajac, Ashish, KTZ and Raf Simons, he joins the elite of cool with an individualism that paradoxically makes him fit in.
A man, a designer, a dream friend we would all love to hang out with… But are there five things we still do not know about Jeremy Scott?
1) The most trendy of hipsters; he started his life on a farm just outside Kansas City, before hitchhiking his way to Beverley Hills in Hollywood. Scott’s S/S 2012 Menswear collection references this antithesis of both worlds and the irony of such beginnings; “There’s no place like home” he laughed, backstage after the show.
2) He is good friends with C.L, the lead singer of feisty Korean girl group, ‘2NE1’. He recently teamed up with the band for his latest Adidas A/W 2011 collection by designing two styles of the renowned ‘winger’ trainers. In a bold, technicolor palette and faux cow print tongue; the designs symbolise the characters and spirit within the band, with a white satin version also available to those who have a problem with trainers that literally look like, they could give you wings.
3) He is the first designer to dress the diva of muppets, Miss Piggy; I think that is enough said.
4) A Kanye West collaboration is on the cards after the revelation that he speaks for hours on the phone with the King of Hip Hop. “He’s a creative genius! He is so inspiring! Sometimes we talk on the phone for hours and hours. I really have a lot of love and respect for Kanye, and yes we have spoken about working together.” Watch. This. Space, but remember you heard it here first!
5) Karl Lagerfeld once said that Scott was the only designer who could ever succeed him at Chanel. This would be a dream team; from the ghetto- tastic streets of Adidas to the sophisticated realms of Chanel. The golden boy would have certainly arrived, and in the words of one other famous southerner who adored sequins on her shoes too… “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
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