Twilight soaked houses were littered with the silhouettes of trees eerily cast against them by the last remaining light the day had to offer. A fragile veil of mist lingered, only visible under the eerie glow of the dimly lit street lamps. A handful of windows, sheer curtains diluting the glare, promised the street wasn’t completely lifeless.
Suddenly, a piercing scream cut through the street’s thick silence. From the front door of the only lit porch on the street, a young girl darted out. Her ice-blonde bob which jaggedly framed her panic-stricken face flew wildly around her head as she dashed down the stairs of the porch, and ripped through the neatly trimmed hedge as she sprinted to the next house. The girl’s body pressed up against the door as her tightly clenched fist violently pummelled the hard, white wood.
The girl bolted to the next house, arms flailing, her legs almost moving too fast for her. She slaps her palm maniacally against the door.
Again, no answer.
Hysterically screaming, she turns away from the door and looks out into the dark street in desperation for someone, anyone, before spotting a side gate and flying towards it. The two rows of people neatly sat back to back through the centre of the street sat in a stunned silence and craned their necks as they watched the fate of the girl unfold.
Not the thrilling ending you were anticipating? Apologies for the disappointment, but we have good reason. The reason being that the girl (who goes by the name of Suki Waterhouse) was in-fact in no grave danger; this was not the opening scene of a horror movie. This was the dramatic opening of Moschino’s resort 2020 catwalk.
An unusual theme for the catwalk of a luxury fashion brand. Granted, the ‘trick or treat’ themed catwalk makes complete sense after seeing the collection itself which pays tribute to old Hollywood horror movies.
Now, let’s take a little trip back in time to ‘little’ you, skipping down your cul-de-sac, all sellotaped up in a big black bin bag with a piece of cardboard strapped to your face. High on the sugar from the contents of the now empty basket you were clutching. However nostalgic they may be, if you have memories similar to this, it probably cements the fact that ‘Trick or treating’ is, by nature one of the least glamorous, never mind ‘haute couture’- related activities. An unusual theme for the catwalk of a luxury fashion brand. Granted, the ‘trick or treat’ themed catwalk makes complete sense after seeing the collection itself which pays tribute to old Hollywood horror movies. Not that we ever had any doubts, for in Jeremy Scott we trust. Yet again, Moschino managed to pull off another one of his crazy, creative visions.
As Miss Waterhouse made her swift exit through the big white side gate, models began emerging from the driveways of the houses either side of the audience on the set at universal studios. In a previous life, this set had been the idyllic suburban street that was home to the Desperate Housewives, known as Wisteria Lane.
One singular spotlight right at the furthest corner of the set was the only real source of light for the show, creating distorted shadows of the models. Frankenstein’s fashion re-birth; a bright green boxy-style belted leather jacket with matching skirt stretched the word ‘chic’ to its limits, as big black Frankenstein-esque scars were strategically and not so subtly dispersed over the sophisticated silhouette.
Moschino’s take on Red Riding Hood was a standout look for us. A couture mash-up of the wolf; a blue cartoon mask and the grandma; a powder pink silky night gown with matching chiffon cape hemmed with ostrich feathers.
When someone wrapped up in what is essentially rolls of toilet paper can be made to look at home on a high fashion catwalk, it says a lot. On this note, we present to you, Moschino’s take on the seasoned Halloween outfit; the mummy. Only the eyes of the model were visible under the lengths of thin white chiffon that covered the model from head to the fishtail hem of the gown. The mess of delicate chiffon which contrasted with the heavy gold chains draped round the model’s neck and hips was cleverly drawn in at the waist with a chunky black and gold ‘Moschino’ belt, and matching biker jacket.
Moschino’s take on Red Riding Hood was a standout look for us. A couture mash-up of the wolf; a blue cartoon mask and the grandma; a powder pink silky night gown with matching chiffon cape hemmed with ostrich feathers. The legs emerging from the bottom of the nighty covered in white opaque tights were slipped into pink platform pumps. Tying the whole look together with a jarring yet pleasing clash was the fiery orange-red hair that cascaded down the model’s chest- a nod to Red-Riding Hood, the woman herself!
Behind this theatrical presentation and equally theatrical looks, Moschino is still the luxury fashion house we know and love.
These looks began weaving down the blue-black tarmac catwalk, in and out of a bespoke corpse-bride, designer Dracula, a couture Prom Queen - you get the point, you name it, it’s been given a Moschino makeover.
The intricate details of the styling, from the accessories to the hair and make-up all individual to each look, were reminders that although Moschino clearly has a sense of humour, it’s not all joking around. Behind this theatrical presentation and equally theatrical looks, Moschino is still the luxury fashion house we know and love.
We have to hand it to them, in an industry that occasionally has the tendency to take itself a little too seriously, Moschino has managed to inject a bit of life and sense of humour into yet another of their collections, and long may they continue to do so! Happy Halloween!
Words by Ella Winfield
Graphics by Fiona Campbell