12 Oct SCREENPRISM: What life lesson does “Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer” teach
NYMag’s The Cut says, “He’s at ease deplaning in Milan in tie-dye sweats, a Bart Simpson sweatshirt, a leopard-print robe, and a SpongeBob SquarePants bag. He’s serene hanging out with his mom, dad, and sister in his Missouri hometown, but equally in his element at Fashion Week with his host of celebrity friends, who make frequent cameos in the film to praise his output.”
That’s the heart of this doc: Chanel t-shirts, denim overalls, and cut-offs. Beyond the flashy winged shoes and the French runway sessions, there’s a designer so comfortable with himself that he’s equally just as happy at home in Missouri as he is backstage dressing Katy Perry for the Super Bowl halftime show. He mentions he is not a fan of auditioning for jobs or having to convince people they should work with him. He wants his creativity and originality to speak for itself. If you like what he does, that’s awesome. If you don’t, that’s fine, too. He just wants to connect with people who are like him: the outcasts who are criticized for being different. His designs express the message that it’s okay to be who and what you want to be.
Who says leopard print, stripes, suspenders, and SpongeBob can’t be in the same high fashion outfit? Probably lots of people — but not Jeremy Scott.