NEW YORK - Los Angeles-based designer Scott Sternberg showed his Band of Outsiders women's collection Sunday afternoon during New York Fashion Week, in the raw space on Wooster Street in Soho that will be the location of the first Band of Outsiders boutique opening this summer.
The look: Surrealism meets sportswear with lots of sweater knit dressing, fuzzy faux furs and painterly floral prints.
The inspiration: Lee Miller, the famous '30s and '40s photojournalist and fashion model who was romantically involved with Man Ray and was his muse. "I was thinking about getting back to preppy, school roots but looking at it through a romantic, surrealist eye," Sternberg said.
Key pieces: Cream-and-black cropped Gothic letter "B" sweater over long, black wool jersey ruched skirt. Black wool sweater with winking eyes embroidery over white tromp l'oeil suspender pencil skirt. Shaggy, black faux fur duffel coat. Cotton trench with plaid insets. Contrast stitch sweatpants. Pink watercolor floral silk twill draped dress. Shearling saddle shoes.
The verdict: True to the label's preppy roots, but with a new level of sophistication. These were clothes that transcended a cutesy niche to look classic.