2011 February 13
New York Fall 2011: Band of Outsiders, Suno, Patrick Ervell
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(NEW YORK) Band of Outsiders
For his first runway show, Scott Sternberg showcased the three bands that comprise his Band of Outsiders umbrella: Band, the menwear line, Boy, the mensweary women’s line, and Girl, the femmed-up ladies’ collection just launched for Spring 2011. Inspired by 1970s rock climbers, the spectacle began with male models rappelling off a wall. But that was about the only real showiness on display: ultimately, the clothes were softly sexy yet admirably hardworking. For the boys, kitsch came courtesy of a rabbit fur blazer and a slew of stoles that topped off suiting. For the women, slouchy suiting (especially in cream and heather) proved most appealing, as the Girl collection continues to evolve beyond shirtdress territory. All the better to layer you with!
Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis presented their fall collection at Milk Studios inspired by grandma's closet. The old lady motif escaped stuffy silhouettes and campy patterns for a more modern take on geriatric chic. This hip lady of substance wears pin-tuck tunics, oversized kaftans, and clever florals and stripes. Plaid mohair cape coats, pointelle cardis and stove-pipe trousers made the show feel fresh as a daisy. The color palette ranged from mustard to midnight, keeping the clothes vibrant and helping the mix of patterns to pop. Did we mention the shoes? The Loeffler Randall collab is still going strong, with teetering platforms in matching prints.
“I was thinking about flight suits—the ones you jump out of airplanes with. I was interested in garments that have to perform these really extreme functions,” described Patrick Ervell after his runway show at Milk Studios. Models took flight in your typical menswear must-haves like fitted wool pants, cashmere and wool blend blazers, and cotton oxford buttondowns. Bold color was cast off in favor of a streamlined palette of airline blues, greys, and jet black. For his signature off-beat fabrics, Ervell employed hand-painted silk bombers, field coats in rubberized cotton, and flight suits sporting black pleather. “We could have used leather but anyone can make something out of leather—pleather is more interesting and actually really beautiful,” commented Ervell backstage. With a collection jam-packed with wearable separates, how does the outré fabrics fair in real life? “Dude, you smell like rubber!” joked one model to another. A small price to pay.