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founder scott sternberg is out

So here it is: Band of Outsiders is now officially without its designer and founder Scott Sternberg. 

After weeks of confusing, disheartening news concerning the beloved brand—including a release announcing the forthcoming closure of the label’s Soho, New York store—Sternberg took to BoS’ Instagram account to tell fans that he and the company he created have parted ways. 

Read his bittersweet comments below.

 

 

While Band of Outsiders’ financial woes and possible demise have been much discussed in the last few weeks, the running theory was that the label would shutter entirely. The idea that stakeholders would dismiss the company’s founder—which this post suggests has already happened—was not part of the conversation. Exactly how he lost ownership of the brand and name is unclear at this time.

Sternberg’s announcement that there might indeed be a future for the brand without him adds a confusing ripple and the very lean possibility that we may see new collections or products bearing the BoS mark at some time. Certainly, other fashion brands have survived financial crises after ousting their founders. 

Looking at the balance of reports coming out of the Band of Outsiders camp, it doesn’t seem impossible that that company might contract, lick its wounds, and continue to trade on its name in some truncated fashion. Not impossible, but highly improbable. 

Whatever happens next with Band of Outsiders, this is likely the end of what made it the darling of a certain set of fashion followers—including us. 

From its founding, Band of Outsiders offered a formally informal take on American style, a translation of 1960s casual Italian dress into Californian terms. There were patterned blazers for men and women, cheery button-ups with unexpected collars, and, more than once, corduroy cargo pants that were improbably hip and sharp. Every collection (many of them presented online with sunny Polaroid shots) seemed pulled straight from a Wes Anderson film. Heritage-style prints and references to ‘70s prep style were never far away.

BoS was also well known for its star connections. With hip, left-of-center personalities such as Jason Schwartzman, Kirsten Dunst, Aziz Ansari, and Donald Glover modeling their pieces, the brand captured a certain, nostalgic Southern-California feel that was less mainstream Hollywood than it was Laurel Canyon.

Of course, there were always problems. The men’s fits—very, very lean at some times, boxy at others—were never quite right for most shoppers. There were also quality issues (BoS shirts were famous for losing buttons). That, plus the somewhat unjustifiably high price points, made buying into Sternberg’s vision difficult at times. 

And still, it was compelling. More than that, it was influential. We can’t even count the number of times we caught young American, European, and Japanese menswear brands echoing elements of Sternberg’s early offerings. Whatever happens to the brand itself, we’ll be seeing aspects of Band of Outsiders’ aesthetic on runways and in hipper zip codes for at least a few years to come. 

Ideally, Sternberg will return to designing. Ideally, whoever now controls the Band of Outsiders name will do something with it that doesn’t embarrass the brand. In almost every way that counts, though, the fat lady has sung.

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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