May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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PRAIRIE HOME COMPANIONS
New York: There was an umbrella Western theme at Band of Outsiders this season that designer Scott Sternberg translated for each of the brand’s three labels. Both of Sternberg’s women’s collections, the more feminine “Girl” and the menswear-inspired “Boy,” were strong, with romantic prairie wear characterizing the former, and looks for the latter ranging from pajama-like printed silk separates to seductive tuxedo-inspired gowns. Ensembles that crossed soft and strong were appealing, such as a few in which tailored floor-grazing coats were styled over fluid under layers. Masculine balanced feminine, and the show’s white opening was balanced by an all-black finale. Ditsy florals, critter prints, paisleys and plaids decorated throughout. —Whitney Kessler
Silhouette: Long and fluid / Slouchy / Triangular
Color: Dusty mint / Cream / Powdery grey / Putty / Indigo / Navy / Crimson / Camel / Primary yellow / Teal / Fiery red / Warm cloudy blue / Matte black
Key Items: Prairie dress / Pintucked blouse / Pleated skirt / Fur jacket / Double-breasted blazer / Lounge pant / Cropped trouser / Floor-grazing trench / Jumpsuit / Tuxedo gown
Materials: Chiffon / Woolen suitings / Shearling / Hairy sweater knits / Satin / Ink-dyed furs / Alpaca
Print + Pattern: Romantic ditsy florals / Rustic feather motif / Fading plaids and paisleys / Bold stripes / Color-blocked abstract pattern / Conversational critter prints and embroideries
Details + Trim: High-low hems / Smocking / Zipper closures / Funnel and halter necks / Tiers / Band collars / Pleats and pintucks / Fur sleeves / Embroidery
Accessories + Footwear: Round-toed boots with buckled strap details / Thick ribbed socks / Southwestern medallion necklaces / Fur scarves
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