Jeremy Scott’s Go-To cocktail is an obscure Björk favorite
“It just sounds a little disgusting and disgusting, to be honest with you,” Jeremy Scott told me of Zoom while revealing that he had never tasted beer in his life (and the creator has never tasted beer in his life). had never tried coffee or smoked a cigarette). But Scott has a vice, which he chose after moving to Paris at the age of 20, increasing the culture shock he once experienced leaving his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, to study science. fashion in New York. It was there that he discovered his love of wine and his appreciation for the fact that the French don’t need a special occasion to pop a bottle of champagne, which has flowed backstage at his parades of fashion week for decades.
Scott hardly needs to add more to his plate: he runs not only his eponymous label, but also the Italian house Moschino. But Ecco Domani’s request to design a bottle of Pinot Grigio for its 25th anniversary was too good to pass up. The Italian winery launched the same year Scott moved to Paris and “how bold it was in such an oversaturated market” reminded him of his young self. Not for the first time – and certainly not the last – Scott drew inspiration from the ’90s, with the postmodern design of the Memphis Group. “I wanted to capture that vibe, almost like you’re in a nightclub and looking at the ceiling, with all the checkerboards and shapes and strobe neon lights,” he said. He talks more about his early days in Paris and his drinking buddies like Björk, here.
What is your favourite drink?
I just like some white wine with ice cubes. I like rosé with ice cubes. I love an ice cube moment. I like to do at the swimming pool, as the French say.
What about cocktails?
Kir royale, which is black currant and champagne. It was actually Björk who turned me on. I dressed her at that time in Paris and we became very good friends. She was also very fond of champagne, so she would say: “Here, try this, it’s blackcurrant, a royal kir.” I like sugary drinks, really feminine – like, I really prefer them. The softer it is, the more I gravitate towards it. And this piece of blackcurrant just [sighs] put me on top. I don’t remember what exactly, but there is something else like that too. Miley [Cyrus] always teases me because that’s what her mom has. She’s still like, Go put some blah blah blah on the champagne for him. He needs it like Tish.
When was the first time you had a drink?
I might have tasted alcohol before, but I feel like the first time I really drank was after I graduated, when I moved to Paris. I did not drink [before then], I really don’t. I didn’t drink as a teenager. But going to France was really when I became an adult, and I think that’s when I got the chance to drink.
Have you always preferred white to red?
I can’t manage at all with red wine. A lot of people were drinking it then, and all of a sudden I was falling asleep on the floor of someone’s house talking. It bothers me, so I was like, Okay, we have to avoid this. Then I went into white wines and rosés and champagne. Champagne has become a very good friend of mine. [Laughs.] As an American, I’ve always seen it as something for special occasions, like They get married! Champagne! No you know Alright, dinner! Here is champagne! It got a little more familiar.
Did your family support your move to Paris?
Financially, not at all. It wasn’t stingy – they just didn’t have it. And at first, emotionally, not really. My mother supports me fiercely, but she is a mother and she was afraid that her child would go to a foreign country. She was very categorical: You don’t know anyone there, you don’t really speak that language, you just don’t have to be there. It was already enough for her that I moved to New York from Kansas City. I think it was something my family couldn’t conceive of, and maybe I couldn’t articulate it at the time because I didn’t have that idea of myself yet. It wasn’t a rejection of them or America or anything like that – just where I needed to go for my light to shine.
What was the biggest culture shock?
Maybe because I grew up on a farm, kinda like Little house in the meadow… I was like, There are mostly children who smoke here. It’s shocking that Europeans are so mature. Everyone was drinking wine and things were so much less taboo. There was so much freedom to be out of the context of the very small Midwestern town and to see things expand even bigger than New York. New York was like a breath of fresh air to me – I finally felt understood and appreciated. I had spent so much time being persecuted for the way I dressed and presented myself. But in New York, it was amazing. People weren’t making fun of the way I dressed; they were to compliment the way I dressed, stopping around every corner. I feel like nobody talks to anyone in New York anymore, so maybe it was because I was an alien at the time. It sounds strange, but I remember someone telling me that they love my body, which really cheered me up. I was like, Okay, I’m with my people now. I can be more me.
What can you tell me about your next show?
It’s September 9th and I’m very excited. I am bringing the main Moschino women’s collection to New York for the first time, which is crucial: we have never had a show there in the history of the brand. For me, as a designer, New York in September makes me feel like I’m going back to school. And the timing combined with the Met Gala feels like a good uplifting moment, as we transfer to this new moment where we get vaccinated and are able to come together. It’s just very happy, so I’m really trying to design a very happy collection to celebrate such a mood.
Have you made any plans for the Met Gala?
Still preliminary, but a little. I just started to create outfits, but it’s like having a whole different fashion show on my lap when I wasn’t really expecting it. I’m getting ready to direct and shoot my resort show, so that’s really my goal. This is my third, and they are doozies. I promise you, it will be much easier for me to return to a live fashion show in New York. I love directing and want to continue directing after that. It is not a chore, but it is is more complicated. It’s probably a lot harder than making a normal movie, where you can be like, Okay, we wrote it down. Now let’s disguise it.
Yes, you have to think of a concept and make it appealing and then of course create the collection itself.
And merge it all together to make sense, then do it in a timely manner, which Hollywood doesn’t know much about either. In fashion, we are regimented. You work on deadlines. Things must be done. At some point people will come off my show – they just have to move on to the next thing. But it seems my friends who are painters and artists, and even the people of Hollywood can do whatever they want like, I think I want to create more tables, I will postpone the opening. We’re going to postpone the shoot because we want another actor. It’s like, I’m going to postpone New York Fashion Week for a few weeks because I want to do more dresses. I’m going to push this back because I was waiting for this model who was just booked for the biggest cash job of her life. I can not do that! It is the antithesis of our world.