A new partnership with an Italian mill that produces collections for some of the top Parisian design houses yielded Boy by Band of Outsiders' most serious effort to date. "I used to cut my womenswear pieces from the same fabric I used for the men's," designer Scott Sternberg said at the show. "This affords us the ability to approach things properly." That was clear from today's polished tableau-style presentation, which was inspired by the chic French student revolutionaries in Godard's La Chinoise and featured models slouching against old-fashioned lamp posts or lounging on wrought-iron beds.
These clothes should appeal to a broader audience than Spring's more trend-driven offerings. There were wide trousers cut in tweed and corduroy, several—if not one too many—oversize striped mohair sweaters, and an array of the sharply tailored jackets Boy is known for. This focus on straightforward basics with a twist—or as the designer put it, "fetishized American sportswear"—should ensure that soon former campaign girl Kirsten Dunst and her ilk won't be the only ones in on the secret.