Band of Outsiders
opens its first U.S. store in Soho this summer. Today, Band mastermind Scott Sternberg played host at the space, showing via presentation for the first time in many seasons. Due in part to the staging, there was a sense of humility to this collection: Silhouettes were easy; fabrics were cozy; and the debut Band of Outsiders shoe, a simple but refined oxford, was appealingly matter-of-fact. As Sternberg noted, he wanted to make stuff to "fill out a woman's wardrobe, things she'll actually use." Of course, these clothes weren't entirely down-to-earth. Taking cues from Lee Miller, Man Ray, and Elsa Schiaparelli, Sternberg flashed some surreal wit, playing trompe l'oeil tricks on his signature bandage skirt or introducing an element of the unexpected by offsetting pattern. The mix of the realistic and the surreal made this a particularly successful outing for Sternberg—there will be plenty of customers for these clothes come opening day.