New York Fashion Week: Boy meets Girl at Band of Outsiders
As more designers are riffing on the preppy aesthetic the way Scott Sternberg has (most notably this week, Tommy Hilfiger, with his grosgrain dresses and cropped navy blazers for women), the Band of Outsiders designer is moving on.
He's not abandoning that world, though, as much as he is expanding it, and for spring-summer 2011, he's making room for the Girl -- with a capital "G."
Girl is what Sternberg's dubbed his newest collection, which is much more feminine than Boy -- the first line for the ladies that hewed closer to the original Band of Outsiders look ("boys clothes for girls," is the way Sternberg described it to us at the time).
Sternberg described the new offerings as "sugar and spice everything nice," and that's a pretty apt description of the handful of pieces on hand -- silk georgette dresses, cotton patchwork bloomers, cropped crewneck sweaters, all in shades of nude and white with the occasional faded floral pattern.
Standing against a steamy greenhouse wall, with damp hair and flushed cheeks, the models seemed like fresh and fragile hothouse flowers, a welcome baby sister to a family that now seems to be growing like kudzu.
It's a joy to watch Sternberg continue to populate his universe, and given his track record, you can expect this new offshoot to put down some serious roots.
-- Adam Tschorn in New York
Photo: Looks from the Band of Outsiders new Girl collection. Credit: Peter Stigter and Jonas Gustavsson / For The Times