Monday Muse: Perry Ellis and Brian Sharp Inspire Band of Outsiders
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.
Perry Ellis’ influence came via wide pilgrim belts and a focus on workwear, which is how Sternberg integrated denim into the collection.
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.
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