But the show Sunday in a Chelsea gallery space was inspired by much more than a 1960s vibe, Sternberg said afterward.
"Hollywood noir, sirens, bohemia, and Robert Altman's 'The Long Goodbye,'" he said backstage, listing the themes that guided him. "All mixed with something super-sporty, fresh and pure."
Translated into clothes, that meant a lot of very comfortable, sporty yet urban looks which would fit right in in Los Angeles — indeed, the Hollywood sign, or actually the back of it, figured prominently into Sternberg's stylish visuals. But they'd work for a young customer pretty much anywhere else, too, in these informal days.
There was barely a fitted waist in sight. A roomy, sheer long white dress revealed white running shorts underneath, and was paired with sandals made of rope — and comfy black socks (The stiletto-wearing, now blistered feet in the audience must have been sighing with jealousy).
There were huge oversized vests, big nylon skirts, long maxi-dresses, pajama-style pants and wide trench coats. Some designs were as casual as little white shorts and a white T. For a pop of colour, there was a bright green sweater vest with fringes for sleeves.
And there were prints, the nicest of them a silk twill "scarf print" in cobalt blue, red and pink.
There was also a printed see-through rain poncho, worn with absolutely nothing underneath — presumably for those who like being sexy in the rain.