46 posts tagged "Band of Outsiders"
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.
As we enter into a month of fashion shows, we’ve asked some of this season’s biggest stars and most anticipated new talents to offer a sneak peek. Naturally, it’s a busy time for everyone—designers and fashion watchers alike—so we’re pioneering the split-second preview: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. To view all of our Fall ’13 previews, click here.
WHO: Band of Outsiders, designed by Scott Sternberg
WHERE: New York, NY
WHEN: Saturday, February 9
WHAT: “A strange and wonderful place in space where Billie Holiday and Atari meet.” —Scott Sternberg. The designer sent us an inspiration image, above.
The runways are already being laid for New York fashion week, which begins next week. But not for Band of Outsiders. Instead of a traditional runway show, the menswear label is staging a scavenger hunt. Two models—Matt Hitt and Miles Garber—will be pitted against each other while the Band team, led by creative director Scott Sternberg, oversees the proceedings from a see-through truck that follows them around the city. The full collection travels with Mission Command, and after each clue is discovered, the models repair to the truck to change outfits and take a picture for the Fall lookbook. The full rules are online at BandofOutsiders.com, where, come Thursday, February 7, the twelve-hour scavenger hunt will also be live-streaming. (You’ll be able to have a look on Style.com, too.)
“The minutiae of what we’re dealing with is hilarious,” Sternberg said from L.A., where he’s putting the finishing touches on the plan before heading east. But the game, which builds off last season’s live-from-the-art-gallery-window installation, felt like a better fit than the catwalk. “Listen, the runway show is the easiest thing to do,” he said. “With womenswear, it works quite well. With men’s, it works against you, because the pieces that are so classic and covetable become exaggerated and ridiculous—or you have a really boring show.”
The word is already spreading, thanks to a guerrilla poster campaign, “Matt vs. Miles,” that’s already popping up across the city. (On the seventh, the hashtag #mattvsmiles will be another way to follow along, too.) The hunt culminates with a party at a to-be-disclosed location and bragging rights for the victor—and will be followed two days later by a runway show for the company’s womenswear. Is a show and a scavenger hunt in seventy-two hours a tall order? In a word, yes. But the challenge—especially the logistical challenge of a citywide live game—appeals to the designer. Every time planning for the women’s show hit a routine snag, Sternberg said with the laugh, “it was like, ‘Let’s move back to the scavenger hunt, I’m bored.’ ”
The legendary Martin Greenfield is basically America’s tailor of record. It’s the reason that designers including Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg, Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, and Paul Marlow of Loden Dager turn to him (and now, his sons and business partners) when they need quality work for their labels. It’s also the reason that menswear journalists and editors start calling—in my experience, at least, the man doesn’t email—whenever a story on tailoring beckons. So many have that I felt reasonably certain that I would never need another Greenfield profile—until I read Ned Martel’s in the Washington Post this week. It offers up some fun new details, including that Greenfield and his sons-turned-business-partners made a few visits to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue during President Obama’s tenure. (Greenfield doesn’t name names who don’t name him first, but he has made suits for several past presidents, Mayor Bloomberg, and more.) But it also goes deeper than any Greenfield homage I’ve read about his life before WWII, his experience in the concentration camps, and how he eventually became an open secret in Washington among legions of ill-suited politicos. And on this matter, there appears to be that rarest thing of all: bipartisan agreement.