The Moschino spring/summer 2023 menswear collections pays tribute to the iconic body of work and irreverent sensibilities of the late artist Tony Viramontes.
For the uninitiated: Viramontes was a fashion illustrator, photographer and visionary whose craft homogenised the worlds of high fashion and celebrity, tempered by realism, grit and camp as well as commercial appeal. His collected-works can be described as lively, brightly-coloured and bold.
Creative director Jeremy Scott collaborated with Viramontes’ estate for a portion of this collection—the motifs, faces and figures featured are duplications of the American artist’s works. Primarily, his contribution to The Face magazine and the Buffalo styling movement of the 1980s, served as inspiration for Scott. The result? A collection of over 50 looks rendered with abstract faces, bright colours, striking squiggles and strokes casing signature Moschino silhouettes—from short shorts and pleated skirts to tapered pants and even loose-fitting trousers.
This collection, in particular, would appeal to those with a deep appreciation for tailoring—with a twist. Think polychrome-treated blazers, suits and topcoats. It’s formalwear, but not quite. “I wanted to shine a light on this brilliant creator,” says Scott in a press statement. “He may not be a household name, but Tony Viramontes is a force.”