The distressed brick walls and raw concrete floor of the Drive-in Studios space in Manhattan's Chelsea was the ideal backdrop for the haphazard splendor of Tom Scott's fall 2007 collection of artfully deconstructed knits.
Like the setting in which Scott's presentation was held - a presentation funded with the $25,000 Ecco Domani prize he was awarded earlier this year - the garments on display were at once rugged and refined. Taking introspection as his theme, Scott focused most of his attention on the back this season, vis-à-vis thick silver zippers that bisected the shoulder of one sweater or defined the lower back of another, while other tops were high in front and completely open in the rear, visually riffing on the idea that what you see isn't always what you get, and that the face (or image) we present to the world doesn't necessarily reflect what's really going on within.
"It's more about looking on the inside and not being too flashy on the outside," said Scott as visitors milled about, ogling the models whose hair had been teased to look like straw, and mannequins whose heads were literally made of the stuff. "So a lot of the clothes are very simple on the front but have a lot of interesting details on the back."
But that's not to say Scott neglected the side we most often present to the world. Far from it. Here, an off center placket was fastened with a gleaming silver safety pin. There, a sweater was spun so fine the braless model would've earned an NC-17 rating had Jack Valenti been in the house.
Upside down-dresses and cropped tie-waist pants rounded out the collection, which proved to be a natural - and wonderful - evolution of the groundbreaking knitwear we've come to expect from this talented up-and-comer.
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