Five-Minute Pow-Wow: Scott James on Color, Style, and Global Inspiration

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE BUZZED-ABOUT MENSWEAR DESIGNER

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We love the fruit-hued style of menswear guru Scott James – so much so that we wanted to give Members an inside peek at the amazing color-on-color styling that he’s known for. (Check out the behind-the-scenes pictures from our photo shoot above!) We turned to the designer himself for his take on how to pull off these fresh spring combinations.

Rue La La: Your looks are all about color stories. Can you give us a few pointers for carrying off bright hues?
Scott: If you’re new to trying bright colors, start with one item –  like an orange shirt under a navy blazer. As a rule, try not to wear brights on both the top and bottom. Instead, pair a bright shirt with denim, khakis, or grey trousers – I love the Julian Stone Trouser or the Isaac in navy. It’s okay to layer brights on top though. A purple shirt and a tonal purple sweater make for a cool, monochromatic take on brights.

Rue La La: What’s your favorite color combination of the moment?
Scott: For Spring 2012 (already!), we have a soft grey with a soft orange that really looks great together. A few years ago, I was in a bathroom at the Airport in Turkey and saw the most amazing tiles of grey and orange. I photographed them, saved the picture, and have been waiting for just the right moment to use this color combination.
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April 18, 2011