45 posts tagged "Band of Outsiders"
Nothing says “alpha female” quite like two rows of buttons. Balenciaga, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Versace—we noticed a sharp uptick in double-breasted power suits in the Resort collections. More surprising, celebrities have taken to the look, too. Kristen Stewart turned up at the Chanel Haute Couture show in a snug quilted jacket fresh off the label’s Cruise runway (paired with barely there micro shorts), and Aimee Mullins worked the Cannes red carpet in a black-and-white Emilio Pucci two-piecer. Designers like Christopher Kane and Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg, meanwhile, offered modern spins on the classic with a Prince of Wales check shift dress and a cute romper, respectively.
South African-born, New York-based milliner Albertus Swanepoel has been creating hats for such brands as Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Club Monaco since 2004. So today, a few fellow CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund alums—many of whom have sent his custom toppers down their catwalks—have made a little something for him. The hatter will open his very first exhibition, A Milliner’s Story, this evening at downtown boutique Odin, and his wares will rest on bespoke hat forms by the likes of Suno (above, bottom left), Band of Outsiders, Richard Chai (above, bottom right), and more. For instance, Cushnie et Ochs designers Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs turned out a noggin made from black snakeskin (above, top left), and Irene Neuwirth created a pink face adorned with semiprecious stones (above, top right). “I didn’t really give them any direction, and I was very impressed with [the designers'] craftsmanship and technical skills,” Swanepoel told Style.com. “Those things are very important to me.” Continue Reading “Albertus Swanepoel and Co. Put Their Heads Together” »
Lace—both the literal and trompe l’oeil varieties—has emerged as a notable trend during the Resort ’14 presentations. And while it started out racy—a see-through panel on a Dior gown, a waist-high slit on a Versus skirt—crocheting has now crossed over to a purer sort of application, invoking heavenly associations in hues of cloud-white and sky-blue. On the casual front, Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg showed a dégradé anorak that went from pure blanc at the shoulder to what resembled a lacy bramble of baby-blue vines at the hem (above, center). It lent a soft dichotomy to the collection’s otherwise bold prints by artist Guy Yanai.
Joseph Altuzarra took a more formal approach, webbing ornate, ivory-colored filigrees across powdery cyan skirts, jackets, and dresses (above, left). The effect was doily-dainty in tone, but visually impactful nonetheless. “The idea came from vintage French monogrammed napkins,” Altuzarra told Style.com. “I wanted to reference Gloria Vanderbilt and an air of the seventies.” And Erdem Moralioglu effectively implemented delicate white lace in his mid-century British-seaside-inspired lineup, employing it as an overlay on a pair of blueberry pants, which were paired with a lace top covered in sheer black organza (above, right). The stuff also appeared on a long-sleeve dress shown over a periwinkle slip—a look that inspired a hint of breezy nostalgia.
Frank Ocean is everywhere in fashion. There he is front row at Dior. There he was front row at Margiela. And look: Here he is in Band of Outsiders’ new Polaroid campaign.
Despite last night’s spontaneous blizzard, designers and fashion fixtures headed to Finale NYC to fête the launch of eBay and the CFDA’s 2013 You Can’t Fake Fashion tote collection. Marking the pair’s third collaborative effort to fight counterfeits and support authentic design, the new range features 90 one-of-a-kind canvas tote bags that have been customized by designers like Prabal Gurung (above, center), Pamela Love, Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg (above, right), and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy (above, left). The designer-embellished bags are available for purchase via eBay auction through March 25 for a starting price of $100. The initiative is also offering a new standard tote for a “buy it now” price of $50. Proceeds will go toward combating fakes.
“As artists, we work so hard to create something, and then it gets knocked off,” said Rebecca Minkoff. “This is a great platform to ensure authenticity.” Carly Cushnie of Cushnie et Ochs concurs, and suggested that there’s security in knowing her and her design partner Michelle Ochs’ work is protected. “The CFDA has a voice that brings everyone together to preserve design integrity,” she said.
In addition to the likes of CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, Jeffrey Costello, Robert Tagliapietra, and Rebecca Taylor, Ruffian’s Brian Wolk and Claude Morais turned up to rally for the cause. And, according to Morais, they have a particularly special relationship with eBay. “We’re always using the site as a reference point. Right now it’s all about the 1920s and the hunt for the perfect embroidered dress.” We’re sensing a Jazz Age vibe for the team’s Spring ’14.