Jeremy Scott Compares Himself to Lichtenstein

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Photo: Pierpaolo Ferrari/Courtesy of Fairchild

In the new issue of Style.com/Print, Jeremy Scott talks about how he's growing into his role as Moschino's creative director and, most notably, his forthright approach to criticism: “I like to think of my work and the way people approach it in the same way people approach a Lichtenstein painting,” he said. “You can write a one-hundred-page dissertation about why he used comics. Or it could be like, This is cute!

In the spread, shot by Pierpaolo Ferrari, model Lindsey Wixson poses in the same candy-wrapper gown she wore on the Milan runway, and Scott and No. 1 fan Katy Perry goof around with some lasagna.

In response to Financial Times critic Vanessa Friedman (now of the New York Times), who compared his collection negatively to Miuccia Prada's — since it was inspired by Fassbender films, not fast food — Scott says, “My show is no more or less frivolous than Prada’s! What can I say? I’m an easy target. It’s a very lonely island that I occupy ... I’m never going to be inspired by some obscure film, which isn’t to say I don’t enjoy that sort of thing. I just want to share my work with everyone.”

The designer adds that the reaction to his show — which drew longtime fans Katy Perry and Rita Ora — was positive overall. "I got to hear feedback from people like Franco [Moschino]'s former boyfriend [and] his graphic designer. These are people who knew and loved him. They felt like Franco had come alive again — I mean, they were crying after the show!”

Not to mention that Miley Cyrus, who's currently wearing some of his costumes on her Bangerz tour, sent Scott a WhatsApp message postshow that read, “Immmm dying over a Moschino. [sic]" What endorsement could be better?