Band of Outsiders
September 11, 2009 New York
Sternberg's familiar shrunken, double-breasted navy blazers were paired with suspender skirts—kind of like a preppy Hervé Léger or, to put it another way, an urbane surfer. The seaside motif continued via a cute seersucker popover top paired with a faded denim bubble skirt, and a boat-print blouse worn with cuffed shorts and a decidedly not-weatherproof anorak with a feather-trimmed hood.
Maybe Joni Mitchell was in heavy rotation inside Sternberg's L.A. design studio, too, because there were some drop-waist Liberty-floral shirtdresses in the mix that floated around the body like a breeze. The tide seems to be finally turning away from the eighties. After seasons of the Greed Decade, the Me Decade is starting to look like an early New York trend, and Sternberg seems—if you'll forgive us—well positioned to ride the wave all the way to shore.