Scott Sternberg clearly had Mexico and the American Southwest on his mind for his fall collections for Band of Outsiders, Boy and Girl. Each guest was treated to a Mexican wedding cookie (though we overheard one editor say that the fear of powdered all over his face and clothes sugar kept him from digging in), a curtain opened to reveal a southwestern tableau with an azure sky, and the show opened to the theme to the “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”
Only there was nothing ugly about these clothes, of course. I maintain that if most dudes wore a little Band of Outsiders that would be a good thing. Aside from the floppy drawstring hats–which fit the theme–I loved the puffer vests and scarves in muted desert shades, the toggle coats, and bold colors. Oh and the Baja is back people (if Proenza did it and now it’s at Band of Outsiders you can expect to start seeing them everywhere soon).
But onto the women’s collections, Boy and Girl. Girl was up first with soft Laura Ashley-esque printed floor-length prairie girl dresses styled with big shaggy furs. They reminded me bit of Rodarte’s fall 2011 collection but more relaxed and wearable. Colors and prints were bolder for Boy. I especially loved a poppy blazer paired with periwinkle printed pants, topped off with a fur scarf. As a whole, Boy felt more fall–whereas Girl might work better for Sternberg’s native LA girls. But Boy had long tailored wool coats, chunky knits, and suiting done in thick wool that will work for a (typical) New York winter.