Paper mag delivers two outstanding double covers for their latest issue. Olivier Rousteing & J.Lo were not the only two that made it on the cover. Jeremy Scott and CL also made a royal appearance in Moschino. Check out their interview and cover story below.
Jeremy, can you tell me who CL is and why you love her?
Jeremy Scott: To me, she is one of my best friends; to her fans, she’s the Baddest Female. So yeah, it’s a dichotomy. I know she also has an image, and I’m aware of the image — I contribute to the image. But when I think of her, I don’t think of that. I think of who I love and who I know, and it’s a very loyal, very sincere and very smart person.
How did you guys meet?
CL: Well, I wore his Adidas shoes in my very first video, and you [Jeremy] saw it on the Internet, and someone from Adidas contacted you?
Scott: I was coming to Korea for Adidas and I said, “I want to do a shoot with her. I want to meet her. I love her. I’m obsessed!” They set up a photo shoot for us so we could meet and do something.Actually, the first video was “Fire”?
Scott: So there were pieces from my own collection in the video and we just instantly clicked. I came dancing into the studio…
CL: We had so much fun. I still remember that day.
Scott: And somehow she coaxed me within a few days to go onstage with her to perform in Korean — which I don’t speak!
CL: You were good!
Scott: And I somehow rapped or sang in Korean.
CL: Yeah. The youngest girl in my band, because we were performing at a club, couldn’t come in.
Scott: She was underage so I took her part. It was a lot of fun. We have many good memories, and we’ve had many, many, many since then — not with me onstage though! CL, as a pop star, how do you see that relationship between music and fashion?
It always goes together. But I feel full when I wear Jeremy’s stuff. Sometimes it could get boring if you just wear all black, but his all black is a whole different thing. So whatever I wear, I feel like I could play this character onstage; it gets me into that zone. I started wearing his stuff when I started my career, so it’s always been there.
What is it about Jeremy’s work that speaks to Korean audiences?
CL: It’s not only Korea; I’d say it’s the whole Asian market. A lot of his fans show up when I’m there in Asia, and vice versa. I think they love it because it’s just good! How else can I explain that? In Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, we’re more into colorful, cute, very animated, so I think we’re more connected to that too.
Scott: I feel like Asia has always been super open to “new.” Maybe because there’s already such an ancient culture, anything new is exciting. I feel like that’s why it’s always been so quickly embraced there. I do think my clothes set you apart, and that is something that is great in Asia. There is less hair-color difference, unless you input it yourself, and there are things that are already keeping people more similar, so you can set yourself apart easier.
Is Korea a major force in luxury?
CL: I think a lot of the young kids right now are looking for something new,and they want to look different. Especially girls, and this is why I’m trying to come out here — to set an example of an Asian girl. A lot of Asian girls love being basic because it’s safe. But the thing is, a lot of my fans are those girls, and they want to be bolder, but there’s no one they could look up to and be like, It’s OK to be that way. There’s no one out here who will do that, and I feel like I have done enough for Asia and changed a lot of girls. Even if it’s a phone case, they try. Girls in Asia are very obedient, shy, timid, quiet, but I can tell that it’s changing, and I want them to be stronger and tell them that it’s OK to be different. Being special is a luxury, and I don’t think we have that. Yet.
Credits- Hair by Danilo (Jeremy Scott) and Marcy Harmon (CL), makeup by David Hernandez for NARS (Scott) and PONY (CL); photographer assistant: Kevin Kozicki; digital assistant: Alex de la Hidalga; style assistant: Marc Eram