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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.”
Scott Sternberg just sent us an e-mail with links to his imaginative re-think of the lookbook. There are a few hazy Polaroids of this season’s too-cool-for-school celebrity tomboy Kirsten Dunst (last season’s was Michelle Williams), along with some sharper shots of Sternberg’s Spring 2009 collection that you can also see here. But we’re particularly fixated on the video—a soundless montage of Kiki dressed in Boy’s louche, preppy Spring collection walking across a white seamless at an almost dreamy clip that’s about as far as you can get from the Karlie Kloss klomp (sic) or Gisele Bündchen’s famed strut. No, Dunst has more of an amble that’s by turns sexy, down-the-aisle formal, and even sort of goofy. It’s not ideal for, say, doing market editor requests, and if it were a fashion show—you might rip your Moleskine to shreds in frustration. Nonetheless, at the comfort of your desk, there’s something coolly hypnotic about it. Check it out at boy.bandofoutsiders.com