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Boy by Band of Outsiders Spring 2013 Runway Review

Silhouettes combined the floaty with the structured at the beachy-chic Spring 2013 Boy by Band of Outsiders show at New York Fashion Week. The Blue Lagoon television reboot didn't take off this year, but the long bohemian skirts and tube dresses on this runway recall the romance and exoticism of the original. Colors, too, were inspired by the seaside — think a modern St. Tropez palette rather than your traditional preppy nautical. Military jackets sat away from the body and paired with fluid oversized trousers. Even the structured elements seemed easy and relaxed.

The line may be called Boy but this collection was all about the female form. Sharp pleats seemed intricate, not stuffy, when used on feminine frocks drawing attention to a girlish waist. Where there were straighter lines and minimalist shapes there was also an exposed midriff lest you forget the body underneath. Tribal elements and prints, prints, prints kept things interesting, but sometimes veered a bit too island-hopper. The showpieces were the simpler items and whites that allowed painterly brushstrokes to pop.