Fashion Week Spring 2010: Tom Scott
Fri Sep 11 2009
Tom Scott, Spring 2010
Surely stranger things have happened at the Chelsea Hotel, but Tom Scott's intimate tableau of models wearing his knit designs in apartment 710 was the most interesting thing I've seen this Fashion Week. Not only were the clothes exciting (Scott likes to treat garments as Conceptual art, or architecture for the body), but it was amusing. Especially the pair of models stationed in the bathroom: One sat on the toilet and the other, with curlers in her hair and a face mask, lounged in the pink ceramic tub. "You guys must be bored," I said. "No, we've got each other," piped up the one on the toilet. To get a response surprised me; it was like the animals in the zoo talked back. A sense of humor pervaded the rooms (there were models pantomiming cooking in the kitchen and a boy and girl curled up together in bed) and played out in the country-inspired clothes. Homey items like bed linens, dust ruffles and sheer draped curtains were translated into ready-to-wear items, at times literally, like the shirt with a big (dust) ruffle stitched onto it. (Perhaps I should have said "home decor for the body" and not "architecture" above.) Quirky-yet-feminine (even the menswear; sorry, dudes), these are clothes that seem destined to be big in Japan and, hopefully, will be coming to bercool shops like Opening Ceremony very soon.