Band of Outsiders Womenswear S/S12

Scott Sternberg took his models on a picnic and showed faded floral prints, boater hats... and a few black leather skirts

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Scott Sternberg took his band of outsiders for a picnic, and invited us along for the ride. We weren't in Central Park but below some sort of railway. Kindly enough leaves had been spread around to make it feel botanic and floral-tastic. The girls (and only girls. Sternberg showed his menswear at Pitti Uomo in Florence in June) came out in boating hats and white and light outfits. Blouses, shirt dresses and pyjama shirts all dominated the top half, whereas the bottom bit was characterised by black leather skirts.

Suspenders, stripes - both vertical and horizontal - and a great faded floral print on a trench coats all impressed. Moving from the Boy to Girl collections, it all turned a bit more romantic; floor-long embroidered dresses in white and off-white, silk tunics, and lace stilettos made for a perfect ending. But something was missing. What? Oh, yeah.... a the end, Sternberg bathed his girls in a rain of confetti, candy wrappers and messages to the press, urging them to write good things about the show. No need for that Scott, we loved it anyway.

Dazed Digital: What was your starting point?
Scott Sternberg:
I started watching 'Picnic at the Hanging Rock' by Peter Weir, it's about a few school girls that went out on a picnic and were lost forever. It's a great time capsule of a film. I picked out what I liked about that film and pictured the girls on a picnic in New York City instead. So we played with literal picnic elements like table cloths and napkins.

DD: How did we see that on the catwalk?
Scott Sternberg:
The girls had the same kinda boaters that they have in the film but we had painted the hats black. Also using the cotton poplin that we use every season but slightly toughing it up a bit. The floral print that we put on nylon fabrics. 

DD: What was that shiny leather?
Scott Sternberg
: It's an awesome fabric. We made apron skirts and barn jackets out of it, and it felt like some sort of functional rain parka that you'd see on some guy tending to the garden. It's a paper thin leather, not patent leather.

DD: Do you have a fave piece in the collection?
Scott Sternberg:
The first Girl dress that came out, I call it the wedding dress... we developed that fabric from scratch. And the trench coats...

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