Story By Desiree Prieto
While in New York City for fashion week last month, I headed to 7th avenue, aka Fashion Avenue, as it sits in the city’s Garment District. Previously the textile-manufacturing Mecca of America, the Garment District is still considered a fashion capital among designers and it is where I visited up-and-coming designer, Bradley Scott, in his showroom. Scott received this year’s Fashion Group International Rising Star Award for Ladies Clothing and his designs are carried at Julian Gold in Olmos Park.
Stepping off the elevator and making our way to his showroom, my colleague Sheila, another writer and consultant for Stila cosmetics, remarked that the experience felt like an episode on Project Runway or another fashion reality show. “And this room, right here,” Sheila remarked, “that’s where Whitney Port was showing off her new collection on ‘The City.’” The open-spaces were very loft-like, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors, stark white walls, and not much else separating each showroom. We passed designer Altuzarra and made our way through the doors of Bradley Scott, where a mannequin in a glossy yellow leather jacket greeted us upon entrance.
Once inside, Scott gave us a sneak peak at his Spring 2012 collection, which is great for Texas weather because the fabric used in the line is very light weight and the dresses aren’t heavy or overloaded with too many layers. “All of these solids are 100% silk,” Scott explained, picking a flowing yellow dress out from the bunch. “There’s no synthetic, there’s no wool, there’s no linen, so it won’t wrinkle. They are fun vibrant colors—I know the South loves color; [they come in] green, navy, saffron, and light saffron.”
Scott draws his inspiration from the famous Italian designer Gianni Versace. “He treated fabrics and took the technique of fabric manipulation and made it more special than what the fabric mills did,” Scott says. “Versace was given a beautiful fabric, chopped it up, embroidered it with leather, lace, buttons, and sequins and made it his own. I think that when you make your own design, your own way, from the raw material up until the production stage, it is fantastic.” Scott also does a lot of fabric manipulation, like his inspiration; he chops it up, embroiders the edges, ruffles things, and embroiders his own organza. “I take things unexpected, like lace over a saffron lining, and strips of hand-cut patent leather. So I do a lot of creative stuff with fabrics and use really different techniques that I don’t think are on the market.”
95% of Scott’s fabrics come from Biella, Italy, near Lake Como, where the oldest mills in Italy reside (circa 1812). The fabric-making process is “all done by hand,” as they start with a swatch and then change it around. “It’s really a very fun process,” Scott adds, “and the Carlisle Collection uses the same mills which is how I got in touch with them.” Starting in the fashion industry at age 19, Scott worked for the Carlisle Collection for eight years, eventually resigning to create his own line after graduating from the prestigious Parson’s School of Design in New York City.
When asked about the experience at Parsons he said, “Besides the no sleep and insane deadlines? That’s pretty much it. You went there to work and I did not have much of a social life. I was very focused, I knew what I wanted and I also had a fulltime job while I was there.”
Take a look at Scott’s designs in the slideshow above, check out his website, or visit Julian Gold to see them in person.