Armed with sharp shoulders and a fierce stride, for AW13, Band of Outsiders’ women looked ready to take over the world. Kicking off with shirt-dresses that clung perfectly, finely tailored cape coats that billowed and plenty of pinstripe, the looks were powerful yet elegant – a celebration of the modern and masculine but also the curvaceous. Many looks carried a retro, 1940s vibe, with sharp-shouldered, shapely pieces that included pencil skirts and ‘pin-up’ style dresses that hugged the waist – ensembles elegantly paired with suede, silk or leather gloves and full-on red lipstick. Yet as the collection continued, looks became more constructed and contemporary, with digital-inspired prints, tartan, stripes and sequins all making their presence felt. The grey chunky knits with graphic prints look set to be a sell-out, as do the gigantic turban-style beanie hats that completed each look – perfect for a beehive and guaranteed to keep New Yorker’s warm in a blizzard. Models strode down the catwalk with faces arched and eyes smouldering in shadow, and this being Scott Sternberg’s second ready-to-wear collection where the women walk alone, the clothes were a celebration of the confident, modern female. Who run da world? Girl’s every time.
Text: Rose Poole
Photography: Mitchell Sams