“Barbie, Barbie, let’s go party,” urged the sound track, as models with big blonde hair, pneumatic bosoms and pink wheely bags walked — or even roller skated — down the runway.
“Moschino for age 5 and over” read the T-shirt on a Barbie-dressed model — and on the chest of designer Jeremy Scott.
“Barbie is so joyful — and I wanted to bring some joy and fun into fashion,” said Jeremy Scott backstage.
In his second show for Moschino, the American designer has elevated the Italian brand to super-hero status for a young audience whooping and snapping every gaudy, gilded leather mini skirt, skinny silver pair of trousers, whoosh of white tulle and outfit with appliquéd bikini tops and bottoms as decoration.
Jeremy Scott has a real sense of humour and style. Removed from the Barbie setting, the wigs and the kooky accessories, there were the perky tailored suits that have always been a Moschino staple. And until the show blew up into balloon skirts, the show was not so much burlesque as fun dressing.
But there is one thing Scott has to sort out. When the late Franco Moschino used the anti-nuclear symbol as fashion, it was from deep conviction about the state of the world. That was then. But there are causes and issues in the 21st-century — ethical fashion, for example — that Jeremy Scott could work into Moschino.
But then Barbie would have to stop peroxiding her hair.