On Tuesday, Sept. 15, Jeremy Scott, The Vladar Company, MAC Cosmetics, Quintessentially Lifestyle, Bird In Hand, and Svedka vodka presented the New York premiere of new documentary “Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer.” The special screening was held at the Paris Theater and an epic party followed at Provocateur in the meatpacking district. Models handed out limited edition Jeremy Scott x Mac Cosmetics lipsticks to guests at the screening. The day before Jeremy presented his spring 2016 collection at New York fashion week at the Arc. It was presented by Made. Lucy Hale, stylist June Ambrose, Rita Ora, rapper Tyga, actress Serayah McNeill, Michelle Rodriguez and actor Bryshere Y. Gray were spotted in his front row. His premiere and party boasted similar star power. Jeremy walked the red carpet with model Stella Maxwell. He was joined by Darren Aronofsky, Olivia Culpo, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lukas Haas, Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, Matt & Kim, Victoria Justice, Leigh Lezark, Baz Luhrman, Jenna Lyons, Taryn Manning, Audrina Patridge, Leven Rambin, AnnaSophia Robb, Morgan Spurlock, Kaya Stewart, Bella Thorne, and Suki Waterhouse, to name a few.
Victoria Justice declared that she’s a big fan of Jeremy’s designs. Bella Thorne has attended his show in the past. The film is a fascinating glimpse into the designer’s journey. He grew up on a farm in Kansas City, Missouri. In high school he was bullied for being different. He later studied at Pratt Institute and moved to Paris with nothing but a dream. In October 2013, Scott became Moschino’s Creative Director. The film follows him creating that historic collection. A slew of stars are interviewed in the film like Rihanna, Katy Perry, A$AP Rocky and Rita Ora. Read our exclusive red carpet interviews below with Jeremy Scott, Warner artist Kaya Stewart, MAC Cosmetics’ Global Brand President Karen Buglisi Weiler, MAC’s creative director James Gager, director Vlad Yudin and producer Edwin Mejia.
SM: Hi Jeremy! How are you?
Jeremy Scott: It’s good to see you again!
SM: You too! Congratulations on this movie!
JS: Thank you!
SM: Speak about your decision to have a movie made about you.
JS: You know, it was kind of not what I expected, honestly. When Vlad asked to film my work, I thought: “Oh, I get my work filmed all the time, you know, it’s no big deal, whatevs, there’s always cameras around.” I didn’t realize he was going to tell my story, my story as a human, my story as a designer, my story as a person. It really was kind of a little bit shocking and surreal to watch it on the big screen for the first time, and see, ‘OK, this is talking about when I was homeless in Paris, or when I didn’t have money to know where my next meal was coming from,’ and talking about the setbacks I had from before I even got to school, through school, and the things that kind of defined me. But I felt more resolved about it after the film, when I talked to people who enjoyed it and felt inspired by it, because if my message—by sharing it, and kind of exposing myself so vulnerably—helps inspire people, then that’s worth it. That’s worth the discomfort of feeling like I looked ugly in that scene, I was eating food while talking in this scene, and wishing I had beautiful lighting, and not feeling so superficial anymore, and just feeling like, you know what, what’s most important is about who I am as a person and what I’m trying to say. You know, I try to be a good person, I try to be a genuine friend, and I try to spread positivity and love, and that came through to people, and that to me is the most important element.
SM: What do you think is one important lesson that you’ve learned along the way in your journey that you’d like to share with people?
JS: I think it’s really always being true to yourself. You know, so many times, people try to tell me what they thought would be best for me, what they thought would be right for me—“Oh this’ll make you successful, or this is what you need to do, or you’re not doing that right”—and for me to just be like, you know what? No. I’m doing right for me because this is me, and that is what’s going to serve you best. Your truth. To be able to wear your truth as your badge of honor is always going to serve you the best.
SM: Speak about supporting Jeremy Scott today. MAC Cosmetics has sponsored Jeremy’s shows for many years, and now you’re here at the premiere.
James Gager: Obviously we like him! We’ve been supporting him since 2010. We think he’s authentic. He’s kind of built his own career, actually, from nothing, and is pretty significant these days. I love him just because he is who he is. He’s not afraid of what he represents, of the designs he produces, and I think he’s a good role model for designers to say: “Be who you are. Don’t be afraid of that.”
Karen Buglisi Weiler: I would just say I think it’s impressive what he’s done with his life and where he’s come from and I think that’s what we’re gonna celebrate tonight and it shows that you can really be who you want to be. You have to have your vision, you have to believe in yourself, most importantly, and if you get knocked down, you have to stand right back up, but look what he’s achieved. He’s a creative genius, you know, and he has fun. He has fun, and he does it his way. And that’s really remarkable, and we celebrate anybody that has that boldness to do it their way.
SM: Speak about collaborating with Jeremy for this project.
Vlad Yudin: In the beginning, we had to build trust, because obviously Jeremy’s a very private person. So once we built the trust, as filmmaker and subject, I think from there on, it was easy.
SM: What most surprised you about his story?
Edwin Mejia: What surprised me the most was how humble he is, and where he came from. You know, he’s a guy that had nothing growing up, and I really resonate with that, cause I know that he worked really hard for what he has today and he deserves everything he has coming for him, the guy who grew up on a farm with nothing and overcome so many obstacles and really was just overlooked at the beginning of his lifetime, and I think now, people realize that not only is he the people’s designer but also shares a similar story to many people in this country.
SM: What were your favorite moments to film?
VY: To me, it was going back to Kansas City where he’s from, because it took him back to a very humble place, where he’s from, with his family. I think most of us have seen him in fashion shows, in Milan, Paris, New York, but going back to the roots was the most precious to me because nobody gets a chance to see that side of him. Nobody sees a big fashion designer going back to the farm, where he’s chilling with the cows and just kicking it, so seeing that was very special.
SM: Speak about supporting Jeremy Scott today.
Kaya Stewart: I’m such a huge fan. He’s such an inspiration. He’s dressed everyone you can imagine, and I think his style, and the way he styles things, is so unique and so different, and I’m really excited to be here.
SM: And also, you have your single, which we got to check out. Tell people about it.
KS: My first single was “In Love With a Boy.” It was a song I wrote when I was in middle school, so it meant so much to me. It was about a boy I fell in love with in my class. I was very shy and very much of an outsider in school, so it’s kind of that one song I felt that everyone could relate to, and I mean, it did really well, and I’m really excited about it!
SM: And what’s up next for you that you’d like to share?
KS: The album is coming out really soon, so I’m definitely gonna be writing more songs, keep doing what I’m doing, promoting.