American designer on collaborations, style and controversy.
In a world where popular culture seems to have gone a little beige, fashion designer Jeremy Scott is not so much a breath of fresh air as a neon tornado. His designs are gloriously irreverent, undeniably
daft and dramatically different. While commercial concerns and retail struggles are keeping the catwalks conservative, Scott is one of the few designers who focuses on fun rather than figures when producing his collections. Which may explain why he collaborates so prolifically with major cash rich brands. His many imaginative side-projects have produced a string of cult designs – from his winged Adidas trainers to his ingenious Mickey Mouse sunglasses. Here, we chat to the designer.
Who is your style icon?
I have lots of muses, but one of my main girls is Cara Delevingne. She epitomises the way to wear my clothes. I love how she mixes up her style, and the way she has so much fun. I simply adore her.
What epitomises Jeremy Scott style?
Humour. Always deliver a message with humour. It makes a more impactful punch.
What have you designed that even you wouldn’t wear?
There are lots of my designs I wouldn’t wear – but not because they’re too crazy. They’re just not meant for me.
What is your craziest design to date?
It might be baby strollers [a collaboration with children’s company Cybex]. I never thought that designing children’s products would be something I’d do – I’ve surprised myself.
Do any child stars interest you?
I love Suri Cruise. How could you not love that adorable little thing with her little high heels? She’s so cute.
Do you think fashion is too serious?
I think fashion takes itself too seriously. It’s just fashion, people. It’s just clothes. It should be frivolous and fun.
What do you love most in your wardrobe?
High-tops. I look at old pictures of myself as a kid playing with my dog, sitting on my front porch, or on my birthday, and I’m always in high-tops with sweat pants pulled up to my knees. I’ve been doing that since I was eight. It’s still my preferred style.
You obviously love comic books. Which is your favourite?
I really love Batman. I love his logo. And there are so many different Batmans to take inspiration from.
What’s the best shop in the world?
Dog in Tokyo.
What’s your most controversial design?
I have so many! Really, take your pick. I feel my role is to push boundaries. I don’t like things to be safe and sedentary. So controversy is the cross I have to bear.
What design are you most proud of?
This is like picking a favourite child! I love all my children! My winged Adidas shoes have become an emblematic design, though. And it’s uplifting to know they’re so populist and have reached so many people.
Jeremy Scott’s line of shoes are available at Level Shoe District, The Dubai Mall (04 501 6690).