The Palazzo Corsini al Parione has been host to its fair share of major presentations, soireés, and events—but on the night of Moschino’s runway show at Pitti Uomo 88, the classical space is filled to the brim with the designs of unmistakable Jeremy Scott—and the equally vibrant characters that live for his signature aesthetic. When A$AP Rocky and Katy Perry appeared, the latter dressed like a cross between ‘60s go-go dancer and the tongue-in-cheek Italian fashion house, it was another reminder of how Scott’s work (while sometimes aggressive to the senses) is one that’s culled a fanbase that’s more devoted—and diverse—than nearly any other on the market today. In a way, the whole spectacle was just the latest chapter in an eventful 2015 for Scott, which is shaping up to be the 40-year-old designer’s best year ever.

The Missouri-born Scott, whose aesthetic received early mass appeal through his adidas sneakers, steadily diversified his portfolio, eventually taking on the role of creative director for the then-dormant Moschino brand. Scott’s influence has revived the Italian fashion house into a front-row and fan favorite. It’s the type of turnaround that’s cinematic in nature. The path Scott forged—from Kansas City to Milan—could only be done by someone who’s dedicated to their vision regardless of circumstance, an attribute that clearly comes across in the documentary Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer. The film is perhaps the most authentic and insightful project that the designer has embarked on—reminding the public that sometimes what we need is a little bit of Scott’s personal brand of fun.

That whimsy was certainly lacking in Moschino, a house that, according to fashionable talking heads in the documentary, was “sleepy” at best, and irrelevant at worst. A lack of exciting material, coupled with the loss of its founder Franco Moschino, forced the brand into a tailspin. At the heart of Moschino’s designs was a pop-cultural savviness and an understanding that fashion didn’t have to take itself seriously, manifested in pieces like luxurious cashmere jackets with "Expensive Jacket" embroidered across the back. That DNA, coupled with Scott’s own relationship with the brand as a former intern, made him an A-1 choice for the role of Moschino’s creative director. As Scott puts it: Moschino’s like sleeping beauty, and I just gave it the kiss.”