February 19, 2009 New York
Rather than exit the stage, the models lined up one by one in front of Ball's cutouts. They did so with their backs to the audience, which this time around included Rachel Feinstein Currin and Dustin Hoffman, as well as Scott's number-one fan, Mick Jagger. This wasn't bad manners, but rather a ploy to showcase the trellis of red embroidery snaking down the rear of a lean, black coat or to underline that a prim, long-sleeved frock had another trick up its sleeve: a completely open back.
Dramatic, yes, but Scott's strength is that she combines that with versatility. Afterward, Kyra Sedgwick took a minute to choose her favorites from a collection filled with best-dressed options. She settled on a body-hugging Kelly day dress sweetly topped with a cardigan "for real life," and an emerald column with a jet-beaded bodice for the red carpet. "They're one of the most comfortable dresses to wear," she said of Scott's strict silhouettes, which would seem to betray every excess crumb. "They make you look great from every angle."