In Los Angeles, the fashion circus came to town for Moschino’s Cruise runway show

The theme for the Moschino Resort 2019 collection, Jeremy Scott’s largest show to date for the Italian brand, was razzle-dazzle, with no shortage of showmanship.

“I see my role in fashion as bringing the fun,” said creative director Jeremy Scott. “And what could be more fun than a circus?”

The designer opened the carnival himself in a ringmaster-inspired tracksuit with gold braiding with his signature skeleton bone pattern, promising the crowd: “You will see death-defying acts of glamour! You will see beading and embroidery never before attempted in a setting like this.” Everyone from clown to lion tamer to trapeze artist was represented in this collection of striped Lurex knits; graphic harlequin leather biker jackets, pants, and skirts; jewel-tone lamé separates; and tuxedos and tails in multicolored, sequined zebra, tiger, and leopard prints. Asymmetrical body-con dresses felt reminiscent of the strong-man unitard, while any magician would have been spoiled for choice with the tulle, ostrich-feather, and silk capes.

For Resort, looks were accessorized with clownishly oversize cravats, sunglasses, and whimsical parasols; “But take away the ties and the top hats and you see there are pieces here,” said the designer.

Go backstage at Moschino by Jeremy Scott Resort fashion show in Los Angeles.