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Monday Muse: Perry Ellis and Brian Sharp Inspire Band of Outsiders

Band of Outsiders Fall 2015

It was the second season in a row that Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg chose to show his newest collection in a presentation formation in lieu of a tradition fashion show. And by traditional, we mean a scavenger hunt, a theatrical event or something a little off kilter. But maybe Sternberg opted to bring the drama to his clothes instead, focusing on a combination of quirky Americana via Perry Ellis and the modern art of L.A.-based artist Brian Sharp.

The collection also marked a shift for the line. The Fall 2015 collection featured more denim than ever and believe it or not, there was a bustier or two thrown in. At Band of Outsiders, clothes are generally described as cerebral and intellectual. But sexy? Believe it. The collection included a few structured bustier dresses that inched towards sexy, but retained the brand’s quirky librarian ethos — fans need not worry that Band of Outsiders would be going full bod-con.

Band of Outsiders Fall 2015

Perry Ellis’ influence came via wide pilgrim belts and a focus on workwear, which is how Sternberg integrated denim into the collection.

Previously, the line has been keen to stray from that particular fabric, but this season, it was out in full force. Ellis’ influence was also seen on the menswear-influenced pieces, such as an anorak and tailored suiting.

The abstract argyle print was pulled right from L.A. artist Brian Sharp, as well as the palette of primary colors. It gave the entire collection a playfulness that seemed to run from beginning to end. And with the expansion of the brand to include shoes and more accessories, it gave the entire presentation much needed whimsy. Sharp’s abstract art showed up via a deconstructed argyle print and stripes, which tied right into Sternberg’s preppy aesthetic. It was neat and tidy, right down to the matching belts and shoes, but in true Band form, it was the perfect balance of quirk and covetable.

Images courtes Style

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Bonobos Goes Brick-and-Mortar with Nordstrom

Bonobos pants

Brad Andrews

In 2007, menswear brand Bonobos shook up the retail scene by avoiding it altogether. By embracing an online-only sales strategy, the brand, which specialize in great-fitting pants, offered men the chance to buy one-of-a-kind trousers in the comfort of their own homes (while they were probably wearing pajamas).

Just as menswear forums and personal style blogs were booming, Bonobos made a name for itself with an ultra-flattering fit and a diverse range of options that guys couldn’t get at their local malls.

But Bonobos isn’t content to rest on their laurels in the virtual world. The brand has recently launched into the real world and will now give guys a chance to try on their pants before they buy.

(It some guys have exhibited a phobia of buying without trying, if you can believe it).

Bonobos Green and Tonics

New Yorkers have had the chance to try on Bonobos in the showroom, but guys living outside the Big Apple have had to rely on the brand’s easy return/exchange program. The showroom, open to the public by appointment,  let customers try on different items, but they would still have to go online to actually make a purchase after their fitting appointments.

Bonobos Chambords

Photos courtesy Bonobos

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Save Steal Splurge: the Overall

You probably wore them as a kid — and then regrettably wore them as a teenager — but thanks to the romper and jumpsuit trends, overalls are back. The playful one-piece is a great way to incorporate some casual workwear into your weekend wardrobe. Let’s not try and bring this nostalgic throwback into the workplace unless you’ve got a casual or fashion-forward office, but for off-duty occasions, we think that overalls are a simple and stylish way to get dressed without having to put much thought into your outfit. Paired with a flannel shirt, you’re set for fall, but paired with a tank top and some statement-making wedges, you’ll definitely channeling the new spirit of the overall — and you might just get mistaken for a street style superstar.

Save: Jou Jou Hamptons Overalls ($54)

Steal: Topshop Pocket Front Overalls ($90)

Splurge: Paige Sierra Denim Overalls ($288)

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Clover Canyon is Expanding into Menswear

Clover Canyon menswear renderings

L.A. gents are about to get a big dose of digital color. Clover Canyon, one of our favorite Los Angeles-based labels, is expanding its offering of print-happy apparel to include menswear for the first time. Joining Michael Stars, also bringing its signature style to the realm of menswear, Clover Canyon’s in-your-face graphics and techincolor wonders made their debut at Las Vegas’ Project trade show and are set to be in-store just in time for Spring 2015.

€œSo much has evolved in terms of men expressing bolder individual style,” Clover Canyon designer Rozae Nichols told Style.com. “For men, having fun with fashion is now more acceptable by even the most restrained observers.”

Nichols decided to design a few pieces for guys when she was being asked to design more and more unisex pieces with her trademark prints, patterns and bold colors.

So instead of just giving guys a taste of the Clover Canyon life, Nichols decided to create an entire collection of bomber jackets, neoprene sweatshirts, board shorts and streetwear savvy sneakers.

Clover Canyon menswear renderings

Just like her womenswear collections, the debut menswear line is inspired by a one-of-a-kind cultural reference. For the first collection, entitled Electric Lotus, Rozae drew upon energy and the practices of meditation, acupuncture and more. The prints include a bamboo image mashed up with gears as well as fantasy florals combined with electrical currents. The result is a collection is sure to catch the eye of roving photographers. And in the real world? It takes a guy with a singular sense of style to pull of head-to-toe prints, but we’re sure that these designs will find their way onto the red carpet and stage performances in the coming weeks.