Band of Outsiders
June 03, 2012 New York
Resort at Band plays up variations on house classics. Here, they came in upholstery fabrics, like the perennial bandage skirt that got twisted for the season in linen hopsack. But Resort, Sternberg reasoned, is always about "boats and stripes," so he offered plenty of both, too. The former were woven into sweater intarsias and printed on a playful poncho that migrated over from the men's collection. The latter were represented by a primary-colored mini-collection of dresses, blazers, tops, and anoraks, playfully young and more than a little retro—esprit d'Esprit, so to speak. There were winners throughout. A patchworked leather hoodie hit the Band blend of smirk and sleek head on. Leather also lent a little charge when it got zipped onto the hem of a seersucker skirt.
The fun never stops at Band, and if there's a rub, it's that in bulk, it can get a little giggly. The palate cleanser came in the form of simple, graphic black and white eveningwear, returning after its introduction for Fall. "I was just screwing around having fun," Sternberg explained, "but then everybody bought it." Food for thought.