Friday, December 11, 2009


Milk Studios, West 15th Street NYC

Words, Images Judith Ecochard

We felt like an insider at the packed preview of the casual and contemporary wear label Band of Outsiders staged at the Milk Studios ground floor space.

Scott Sternberg, the creative director once again turned out clever cool separates that will appeal to those who like the classics with a twist…with dabs of swagger that’s tailored just so.

Which makes us think that the label is always inspired by French film genuis Jean Luc Godard…and his New Wave flick “Band à Part” based on the Dolores Hitchen’s novel.

The vignettes that lined the room…were themed…

and tricked out with props conjuring up life by the seashore.

Underscoring the summer by the ocean --- is Band of Outsiders smart footwear collaboration with boat shoe rulers Sperry Top Sider for the upcoming season. (Ladies-"Boys" are Blahniks).

We think it all worked…with terrific blazers for women and men, (khaki cotton garbadine double breasted, linen, grey black gingham check worsted wool, black tropical wool single breasted etc).

There were instant wardrobe boosters …including cotton trenches and leather jackets for guys and gals.

As a former Hollywood agent, we expect a few suits that are polished, and hip enough to take a meeting in with the Ari Gold’s of the world…

and there were several, including a gray, navy wool and khaki samples and a black worsted wool double breasted tuxedo…for men...

 and a feminine tuxedo for women too.

Breezy casual attire, denim minis, a drawstring shirtdress, suspender skirts, boat neck tops---in nautical navy/white stripes and a pretty Liberty print… and crinkle shirts for women,

And a cotton/cashmere cardigan, a grey terry “inside out” sweatshirt, and handsome cotton oxford cloth shirts for guys…

Are all well done.

IMHO: The clothing categories are tried and true…and many labels offer ship to shore garments…

But Band Of Outsiders got that swing and the fabrics/finishes are better than the big box mass marketers.


BONUS POINTS: The song list at the bottom of the run-of-show, given too attendees…part of the credits for the presentation.