Scott Sternberg always thinks carefully about the music for his shows. Billie Holiday was wafting through the showspace as guests entered, and it seemed the singer also influenced Sternberg’s Band of Outsiders fall collection. Though the music switched to Fiona Apple’s “Hot Knife” for the actual show (another amazing song choice), the clothes stayed true to Holiday’s time. There was a ’40s bent to the collection: Day dresses were a bit more slim-fitting than what we’re used to seeing from Sternberg–rouched knee-length skirts hugged the body; elbow-length gloves, fur collars, and red lipstick upped the ladylike factor; and a sponsorhip from Swarovski meant that crystals added glamor to evening looks.
So where does that quirky LA hipster thing we’ve come to expect from Sternberg work its way in? Well for one, all the models wore these funny hats that look like caps with half-knitted sweaters piled on top. Graphic black and white prints modernized the ’40s silhouettes. And though we couldn’t see the prints up close, based on the show notes, they have something to do with Atari. Yes, like the video game from the ’70s. A crepe de chine dress was done in “Atari Adventure Key” print. There were also looks (26 through 36) inspired by Atari Warlords, Atari Air Sea Battle, and Atari Asteroids 7800. Thankfully, those looks did not remind us of Pong at all–instead, they just looked like nice, relaxed, long-skirted eveningwear options. (Apparently Sternberg’s got a collaboration in the works with Atari for his menswear.)
Always thinking out of the box, that Sternberg. It pays off more often than not.