On the homepage of the Rainbow Family’s website there’s an old Native American prophecy. It reads: “When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come onto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the rainbow.” For fall, Jeremy Scott was inspired more by rave culture and candy-flipping than the Rainbow Family and peace-loving hippies, but his models most definitely looked the part.
One by one they came: modern-day amazons and gladiators in kaleidoscopic technicolor. Donning striped knit dresses, emoticon prints, and frizzed-out wigs that were part Cleopatra, part Blade Runner and part Roseanne Roseannadanna, these funkadelic warriors marched forth. From our laptops, our cell phones, our texts they sprang. They have come to play and teach us how to have fun again, 90’s-style.