February 21, 2009 London
Nevertheless, Scutt's woman, with her manipulated feather-print bodysuits and strong shoulders, is an unmistakably feisty bird who is now bent on survival. Scutt said she'd returned to her obsession with decorative poultry breeds—a theme she's explored before—because she wanted to do something intense and condensed in a tough financial season. "What I like about cockerels," she explained, "is their plumage and their pride. And because I could only do a small show, I started remembering everything you have to do to stand out when you're graduating from Saint Martins: Make the strongest statement you can in a few outfits." Still, Scutt used her airtime on the runway to prove that she's come a long way from a student mentality in some ways—the dramatic swing-back coat and a re-embroidered printed jersey tunic dress had the hallmarks of a growing sophistication.