Moschino sends puppets to the runway for Milan Fashion Week

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Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

The smaller of the catwalks was staged during Milan Fashion Week, and no models or guests were in attendance.

Instead, new Moschino styles are sported by Jim Henson’s designs. But that’s not a bizarre Fraggle Rock crossover – Moschino’s creative director Jeremy Scott tapped Jim Henson’s Creature Shop to create his Spring / Summer 2021 show about a miniature ensemble populated entirely by puppets.

As Fashion Month continued in the wake of the ongoing pandemic, fashion designers got creative with a mix of digital presentations and live, socially distant shows instead of traditional catwalks. Scott opted for a – literal – scaled-down show with all of the models and participants as puppets, with famous face look-alikes including Anna Wintour and British Vogue editor Edward Enninful in the crowd.

Moschino Spring / Summer 2021 Credit: Moschino

“Not only did all clothing have to be downsized, and all props down (to) the size of the puppets, but the entire audience not only had to be created and dressed,” Scott said in a video interview with CNN. Style.

We are far from the past presentations of the Italian label, which has become known for its kitsch luxury looks under the direction of the American designer. Milan’s latest fashion week saw Moschino models stroll down a chandelier-lit catwalk in Marie-Antoinette-inspired satchel mini-skirts and towering wigs for a clubby remix of Duran Duran’s “Girls on Film” .

Moschino Spring / Summer 2021 Credit: Moschino

For this Spring / Summer 2021 womenswear collection – which will be available in human sizes – Scott made up the drama with elegant dresses with oversized bows and tulle skirts, and dramatic collars and capes, in shades of pink and soft blues, green polka dots, gold and black. But there’s also a story told through the inverted details of the garments, with corset bonings, seams, and pocket interiors highlighted on the outside of the garments and petticoats unfurling below the hems.

“As the world seems to be slipping along the seams, the inner workings of something new will be exposed,” Scott said in a press release, referring to the impact of the pandemic on the world.

Moschino Spring / Summer 2021

Moschino Spring / Summer 2021 Credit: Moschino

The Creative Director has his own lookalike on the show, wearing a crown and Moschino t-shirt. “As much as I loved working with the puppets and as proud as I am of this show,” he told CNN Style, “I miss working with real models and that energy and energy of ” have a real audience and everyone together. And I hope that very soon I can do it again in person. ”

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