Indigo Clarke reports on the Band of Outsiders show
While fourties tea dresses and tailored separates abounded, eighties-inspired details including shawl necklines on slouchy sweaters and loose-fitting shift dresses paid homage to Sternberg’s origins.
Marking an aesthetic shift for consummate American Sportswear designer Scott Sternberg, Band of Outsiders looked to foutires silhouettes and a stark monochromatic palette for Autumn/Winter 2013. Continuing what has become the key trend for the upcoming season, cuts were spare and direct in keeping with the graphic hues throughout – moderated by statement-making sculptural turbans. 'For Fall I ended up going back to core menswear fabrics and colors including flannel, wool and tweed in bold black, white and grey,' Sternberg said backstage. 'There was a Billie Holiday 40s feel throughout, because she was the soundtrack when I was designing. I was thinking about her style when she was heavily into booze and heroin – maybe when she wasn’t at her best. That’s where the tousled hair, crazy turbans and layered ensembles came in.' While fourties tea dresses and tailored separates abounded, eighties-inspired details including shawl necklines on slouchy sweaters and loose-fitting shift dresses paid homage to Sternberg’s origins. 'My stylist Tina Chai and I joke that we’re children of the eighties,' laughed Sternberg, 'So whatever we're doing, there's aways going to be a little bit of eighties that creeps in. That's nostalgia I'm sure – it’s the core of who you are, that's your aesthetic jumping off point.'