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Moschino and Libertine Weave a Tale of Two Shows

In different corners of L.A., Moschino’s Jeremy Scott and Libertine’s Johnson Hartig delivered fine-spun maximalism and Hollywood-worthy drama

Words by KELSEY McKINNON

 

MOSCHINO

What:
Spring/Summer 2020 menswear and Resort 2020 womenswear

 

Where:
Universal Studios backlot (the set of Desperate Housewives, Leave it to Beaver)

Inspiration:
Spooky characters (mummies, spiders, skeletons, etc.) paraded through an eerie, fog-filled cul-de-sac for a sinister trick-or-treat

Number of looks:
90

 

Front row:
Liberty Ross and Jimmy Iovine, Frances Bean Cobain, Anthony Kiedis, Rowan Blanchard, Kate Beckinsale

Most Instagrammable moment:
Actor/singer Quincy Brown brought his pet snake, a black-and-white python named Gemini.

 

Soundtrack:
An audio clip from the movie Scream to start, followed by iconic horror film music mixed with dark techno by electronic artists including John Carpenter and Broken English Club

Beauty details:
Bejeweled “blood” wounds, face paint (cat whiskers, Glasgow smiles), dripping black mascara, clown masks, crimped wigs

Most OTT look:
The grand finale (a corpse bride) featured a frayed ivory bustier gown with singed holes, cutaway sides and a tarantula on the bust, paired with black-and-white skeletal hosiery and a skull necklace

After-party:
A block party with Carl’s Jr. catering and Heineken beer

 

LIBERTINE

What:
Fall/Winter 2019 women’s and menswear

 

Where:
The historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Hancock Park

Inspiration:
17th-century Dutch still-life paintings, Japanese wood blocks and 19th-century English botanicals

Number of looks:
48

Front row:
Malin Åkerman, Adam Lambert, Jaime King, Liz Goldwyn, Katherine Ross, Sofia Boutella

 

Most Instagrammable moment:
Marilyn Manson mingling with his ex Dita Von Teese

Soundtrack:
Post-punk tracks by the likes of The Raveonettes and The KVB, shuffled with Britney Spears and Mozart

Beauty details:
Face sequins, pipe-cleaner crowns, faux-mohawk hair and sparkly CND-lacquered nails adorned with crystals and fringe

Most OTT look:
Look 25, a vintage Rudi Gernreich dress adorned with custom Libertine patches depicting a miscellany of items, from eyes to cigarette cases

After-party:
Cocktails and avocado toast in the courtyard with a performance by Ariel Beesley

 

Feature image: LIBERTINE look 25. Photo by Alexandre Jaras.

 

This story originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of C Magazine.

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