NEW YORK -- The collection: Having presented his menswear collection earlier this summer in Paris, Band of Outsiders’ creative director Scott Sternberg used the New York Fashion Week runway as a showcase exclusively for his Boy by Band of Outsiders women’s collection.
The inspiration: One part “The Hunger Games,” and two parts Topanga Canyon circa 1970. “I’d just got done watching ‘The Hunger Games’ for the third time, Sternberg explained after the show. "It’s a horrible movie but it’s a beautiful movie, and like the Japanese movie ‘Battle Royale,’ it’s part of this idea that movies have this tendency to make war into something beautiful.”
The look: Models with smudges of war paint across their cheekbones sported a variety of braid-accented military-influenced band-leader jackets, olive drab blazers, skirts and ponchos paired with macrame knit vests and shirtdresses layered over patchwork bandeau tops. The '70s vibe could also be seen in the flowing lady-of-the-canyon hemlines and range of tie-dyed and over-dyed pieces – including a tie-dyed leather hoodie (we honestly didn’t know that was possible), and Japanese influence could be found in the Shibori-dyed pieces, which included skirts, shirtdresses and a kimono coat and shorts.