The former Queen of France Marie Antoinette has long been misquoted. She in fact didn’t tell the poor, starving peasants of 18th Century France to “eat cake”, rather “brioche” – the buttery, pastry-like bread of the country. But Jeremy Scott isn’t too phased by the particulars of history. Fashion is a game of glamour and glory, after all, and so for Moschino Fall Winter 2020 he sent models-turned-cakes down his runway, an homage to France’s most infamous Crown.
With coifs so sizeable the Queen herself would be jealous, girls walked in tiers of glorious, saturated confection. There was cream piping, swirls of icing and sugared rose buds; arms were draped in frosted sleeves and waists swelled with sponge-like effect.
The pannier waist was exaggerated with the kind of melodrama synonymous with Scott’s Moschino, as too the century-old practise of corsetry, which was reimagined with creative, eccentric rigour.
Sky-high platforms with lace-up ribbons and crazy criss-crossing added a kick of ’70s disco (with a hint of Victoriana), while fabrication – rich brocade, plush velvet, antiquated florals, silk, satin and denim – seemed to take a trip through history stopping off at various decades along the way; from the 17 Century to today.
As always, a spectacle to be savoured not worn, Scott reimagined the famed French monarch with his signature kitschy flair in a presentation which was overt and flashy and oh-so sweet. For fashion’s greatest confectionist, it seems fitting, don’t you think? Let them eat cake, indeed.