Iconic stylists Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, Lucia Liu, and Katie Grand combined forces to interpret 40 years of Moschino archives.
The four stylist’s IMPRESSIVE range of interpretations, which demonstrated the BREADTH AND DEPTH of the brand’s archives, proved what 40 years of Moschino has brought to the FASHION CONVERSATION.
‘40 Years of Love.’ Four iconic stylists. One Moschino show extravaganza. With the Creative Director seat vacant, Moschino took a different approach for its Spring/Summer 2024 show, transforming the runway into a performance stage. The legendary Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, who worked alongside former Creative Director Jeremy Scott for 10 years, was up first, and her 10 creations for the show skewed classic. She looked at house founder Franco Moschino’s timeless pieces — crisp suits, perfectly cut jeans, turtleneck sweater-dresses — and combined them with her signature ‘Cerf Style’, which meant towering turbans and crystal jewelry. This portion of the show was straightforward and chic.
Next came Gabriella Karefa-Johnson’s work, which kicked off with Beyoncé’s ‘Pure Honey’ track from Renaissance (with shades of the tour’s wardrobe creating a perfect alignment with Franco’s own penchant for cowboy hats and oversized accessories). Flaunting personality, an All-Star line-up of models including Adut Akech, Adwoa Aboah, and Precious Lee twirled the runway in crocheted dresses, patchworked denim and lace skirts, tie-dyed cropped jackets and minis decorated with fringe, and denim corset skirts with bustiers.
Beijing stylist Lucia Liu was up next, and she tapped a feminine vein for her creations, focusing on layering, ruffles, leg ‘o mutton sleeves, bonnets, chapeaus, and lace. The myriad of ideas in her selection were held together by a romantic undercurrent, and although ruffles and Little Bo Peep lace and extravagant hats sound like a mish-mash, Liu’s adept styling made this one of the show’s more intriguing portions.
Then, Katie Grand’s moment arrived, and instead of focusing on high-fashion ideas, she put on a show. With dancers choreographed by Wayne McGregor, Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. But ballet, this was not. With a modern spin and wearing sloganized leotards, body suits, sweatshirts, and monochrome tutus, the dancers dashed around the stage, bending and reaching and folding to the music. Grand’s idea was to toss quiet luxury to the side and focus on ‘Loud Luxury’, an idea that Franco Moschino would have been one-hundred percent enthusiastic about.
Finally, the show closed violinist Laura Marzadori performing one of Franco’s favorite tunes, “I Am What I Am” by Gloria Gaynor, followed by a parade of models wearing white tees (available for purchase now with proceeds going to the Elton John Foundation) that said “Borrow Me, Wear Me, Hug Me, ❤️Me.”
The four stylists' impressive range of interpretations, which demonstrated the breadth and depth of the brand’s archives, proved what 40 years of Moschino has brought to the fashion conversation.