The Scarlett Story
Bold colors and sheer courage fuel a unique new line debuting at Saint Louis Fashion Week.
One of the first items the designers finalized was a peplum top with a pleated, asymmetrical design and slimming black side panels. The ensemble wasn’t working with the original palazzo pant pairing, but after swapping in a skirt featuring the same bark cloth and black paneling, the outfit now exudes endless possibilities. “And you could wear it with your own skirt or top,” Strauss adds, clearly envisioning the pieces in consumers’ closetsÛÓor better yet, being unpacked from suitcases at resorts by free-spirited, creative, bold women. scarlettdesignsnetwork.com.
Mary Strauss has an eye for fashion. Over the years, the arts philanthropist, film producer and director of restoration at The Fox has observed countless stage costumes and custom-designed pieces. “It’s so interesting to me to see what’s coming back,” she says, adding with characteristic humor, “If you live long enough, you see three cycles of it!”
This time around, Strauss is not merely a consumerÛÓshe’s an innovator. Working with two young designers from local custom gown powerhouse R&M Designs, Strauss has drawn inspiration from her personal collection of whimsical vintage bark cloth for a ready-to-wear clothing line called The Scarlett Collection, which debuts this fall at Saint Louis Fashion Week.
Photo credit: Photo by: Wesley Law. Models: Alyssa Wolf and Marylyn Simpson. Watercolor sketches by Kyle Lucks.