Reach for the stars

Brigit Grant (5ft 3) talks style with Kelly Scott (6ft 1). Their con­clu­sions are good news for the ver­ti­cally chal­lenged

The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Fashion -

IN A re­cur­ring dream I had as a teenager, I could reach the top of my wardrobe with­out stand­ing on a chair. In the same dream my legs hung over the end of my bed and I was placed in the back row of a group pho­to­graph. Short peo­ple of­ten dream they are taller. Usu­ally af­ter a day of be­ing hov­ered over on the tube or stand­ing be­hind some­one tall at a con­cert. The ver­ti­cally-chal­lenged don’t fare well at con­certs, un­less of course Randy New­man, the com­poser of the Short Peo­ple song hap­pens to be per­form­ing, in which case it’s a re­lief to not be able to see him. I mean what was he think­ing when he wrote: Short Peo­ple, got no­body They got lit­tle baby legs That stand so low You got to pick em up Just to say hello. For those of us who are small (I’m 5ft 3in), it’s hard not to envy any­one who can pick ap­ples with­out a lad­der, or so I thought un­til Kelly Scott put me straight.

At 6ft 1in, Kelly is a stat­uesque, curvy, raven-haired beauty who looks as though she could wear any­thing and pull it off. But as it turns out, find­ing “any­thing” is not that easy and clothes shop­ping is an or­deal. At Kelly’s height maxis be­come midis, dresses turn into tu­nics and don’t even get her started on sleeves.

“Any­thing with de­tails on the waist is a waste of time, as it doesn’t cor­re­spond to my own waist, and as for tops, I’ve lost count of the ones that end at my belly-but­ton. Only the other day, a girl­friend was com­plain­ing to me about the fact that she al­ways has to have her jeans short­ened and can never find any­thing the right length,” muses Kelly. “As some­one who had to have six inches added to a wed­ding dress I am short on sym­pa­thy. No pun in­tended.”

Kelly’s en­cy­clopaedic knowl­edge of brands tall girls can’t wear has been as­sem­bled over years —“I’ve been this tall since I was 15,” and hav­ing nailed what does and doesn’t work, she started her own cloth­ing web­site — www.6foot­fash­ — and is now turn­ing her hand to de­sign­ing.

“The web­site came first, be­cause there wasn’t a ded­i­cated source for de­signer cloth­ing and shoes for tall women,” ex­plains Kelly. “A pri­or­ity for me is that all our cloth­ing and shoes of­fer a good fit, by way of a longer leg, arm and body lengths

and larger shoe sizes. I know what it’s like to wear a body and have the pop­pers burst open be­cause it is too short or force my foot into a size nine that is too nar­row. ”

For the record, Kelly wears the Amer­i­can la­bel Yum­mie Tum­mie shapewear — “Knick­ers, shorts and vests have ex­tra length”she points out and cites Pretty Bal­leri­nas, Laid­Back Lon­don and Love from Aus­tralia as the best footwear. At least for now. Very soon Kelly Scott Lon­don could be the taller ladies shoe la­bel of choice, for along with her cap­sule cloth­ing col­lec­tion, en­tre­pre­neur­ial Kelly is run­ning with heels. “Heels?” I say in dis­be­lief. “Yes, that’s right, heels,” says Kelly. “I have specif­i­cally made a high shoe – re­tail­ing at around £120 — be­cause for a tall per­son, wear­ing heels is not about be­ing even taller, it is about be­ing con­fi­dent and chic.”

In­spired by Michael Kors, Eli Ta­hari, So­nia Rykiel and C by Chloe, the Kelly Scott Lon­don col­lec­tion will be pri­mar­ily grey and black sep­a­rates and in­clude an LLBD — which is a lit­tle long black dress, for those who have the height to carry it off. Per­haps the most un­usual as­pect to this in­no­va­tive launch is the fact that the clothes are be­ing made by stu­dents do­ing a BA in fash­ion at the Univer­sity of East Lon­don. “They are skilled seam­stresses learn­ing pat­tern cut­ting and toile mak­ing as part of their de­gree, but they also work with es­tab­lished de­sign­ers, which is great for me as it means my col­lec­tion really is made in Lon­don, which is rare th­ese days. ” Al­most as rare as a tall Jewish woman, but now at least she knows where to shop.

Long Tall Sally rose bor­der dress £75

Ruched and draped dress by Min­uet Petite £48

Dote ki­mono £220

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