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R Scott French
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February 4, 2008

Written by Jamie Sharpe
Photographed by Katherin Wermke



The R. Scott French 2008 Fall runway show entitled Connections focused on luxury, details, and unique materials. French set the tone for the show by proclaiming that style is not price point, instead it is a mindset. Directionally, this mantra was reflected in his clothing that was pulled from the Richard Harris Felt by R. Scott French, the LTD, and the R. Scott French lines. French opted to push men’s fashion forward by pairing tuxedo elements with tweed, placket shirts, pinstripes, and hammered satin. High-tech fabrics were mixed with more traditional materials, and the subversiveness of pairing titanium with printed florals created visual interest.

The black sprayed lamb asymmetrical bomber jacket, gray ombre melton bomber jacket, and black brocade toggle closure jacket pulled layered looks together. Nothing looked overdone, and the focus on outerwear showed the designer’s growth in terms of embracing the different lines as a true lifestyle brand. The three collections worked harmoniously to create real standout pieces that were anchored by the outerwear. French remarked, “Outerwear is one of the most crucial elements of style. The one universal element of everyone I notice on the streets is that they are perfectly outfitted in terms of outerwear – no matter what the season.”

Editor's Note: The R Scott French show was the fashion show choosen to showcase the talents of the male models in Bravo TV's Make Me a Supermodel. The talents of the female models were showcased at the Form Fashion Show at the New Museum.

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