For his SS ’14 collection, titled “Teenagers from Mars,” designer Jeremy Scott found the ultimate collaborator in artist Kenny Scarf. Scott—whose signature style blends elements of the punk club-kid with a penchant for spectacle—found inspiration for his newest collection in a familiar source: Manhattan’s Lower East Side ’80s art scene. “I wanted to represent its characters—Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf—and bring them to life,” explained the designer about the collection. And with the help of one of the most notorious pop artist working today, Scott did just that.
Alongside the typical t-shirts you would expect on a Jeremy Scott runway—emblazoned with phrases like “Earth Sucks” and “Mars or Bust”—were bathing suits, dresses, and two-piece outfits featuring a number of prints designed by Scarf. The artist’s most iconic motifs, such as squiggles, shapeless blobs and cartoon faces, were incorporated seamlessly into Scott’s silhouettes so that the collection equally represented both artist and designer.