PARIS, Mar 4, 2012/ — Presenting his third collection here in Paris, Gianfranco Scotti was inspired by the photographs of August Sander wherein the subjects are from diverse social backgrounds, who suited themselves with a rare sophistication be they are vagabonds or aristocrats.
Emulating the mood of the époque in which both men and women valued tailoring as an everyday uniform, Gianfranco Scotti did what he does best – use texture for drama, bring into play faultless proportions and employ masterful tailoring.
Jackets, skirts and pants are often crafted using fine Savile Row wools and a unique recycled paper wool blend. Wool jerseys that resemble woven tweed or appear felted add a supple hand and a softer silhouette.
Not only do these fabrics give garments a sharp modern edge, they also allow for couture draping in combination with old tailoring techniques. Deceitfully light in construction, these pieces evolve using engineered inner layers and masterful couture manipulation.
Coats and dresses received similar treatments. Fabrics, such as baby camel, wool tweed jersey, bonded cotton and cashmere give coats a classical appeal in reinterpreted volumes and shapes.
This season, polo shirts are transformed into dresses. In wool-silk woven fabric and jerseys, these dresses drape the body with great fluidity contrasting the tailored sharpness that permeates throughout the collection.