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April 20 2014

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Scott Sternberg’s Moving Picture Show

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Band of Outsiders/Boy designer Scott Sternberg may be going live this season, but don’t expect him to put his collections on the catwalk anytime soon. “I prefer to stay away from the runway,” explains Sternberg. “I mean, I make sportswear. And I’m happy and proud about that. It seems appropriate to keep things a little informal.” Sternberg showed his last two collections via video, but because he likes to match his medium each season to the inspiration behind his clothes, he’s rounded up some actual models for his presentation this afternoon. Spring ’09, for example, took off on the early-’80s cable access show TV Party, and consequently, he notes, video seemed like the way to go. For Fall, however, Sternberg glommed onto the lesser-known Godard film La Chinoise, which is centered on students in Paris in 1974. “The movie touches on themes of community and isolation,” Sternberg says, “and so I wanted to express that in the way I showed the collection.” After locking down a venue he describes as “frankly, way too huge,” Sternberg sourced inspiration for the setup of his
presentation from two additional films, Lars Von Trier’s Dogville and Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York. “I want to use the groupings, or vignettes, to create microcosms within this vast space,” he notes. “That’s the nice thing about a presentation—I can create a context for the clothes. I kind of hate the word ‘presentation,’ though,” adds Sternberg. “Runway or no runway, I’m putting on a show.”

Film Still: Courtesy Scott Sternberg

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