New York Fashion Week presented a lot of different styles to please even the most critical fashion eye. One of the first shows to draw my attention was Band of Outsiders. This year the inspiration came from the thirties and forties, as designer Scott Sternberg spent a lot of time listening to Billie Holiday. The designer explains this choice of inspiration due to the fact that "The system of dressing in that time period was giving [him] all of these fresh, obtuse, and interesting shapes to work with". Even more interesting about this collection is the different inspiration for the patterns and prints - while the shapes come from the 30s and 40s, the prints were inspired by 70s Atari video games. The mixture between the vintage silhouettes and the digi-geometric prints was the perfect way to blend a vintage feel into the label's current and urban image.
The color palette is very dark, with lots of shades of grey and navy. The occasional pops of color come from shades of green, fuchsia or burgundy. There are a lot of fabulous pieces in the collection, but among my favorites are the look in the opening photo, the grey and navy sweaters, the crepe de Chine day dress, the wide shouldered knee-length dresses with geometric patterns, the striped jacket and of course the first navy gown. Here is my selection of the most interesting looks from the runway:
I really enjoyed this show and the muted color palette, the designer always manages to create very hip and modern silhouettes no matter where his inspiration comes from.
Photos: Filippo Fior