Princess Leia in THAT bikini [Star Wars] by Nick Barron www.stylebarron.com
A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… people made quite strange fashion choices. Solid gold bikinis, brown hooded robes, black head-covering helmets and capes, lots of capes – fashion in the Star Wars universe was always pretty out there. Just look at almost anything worn by Natalie Portman’s Queen Amidala, whose style makes K-Middy’s Australian tour wardrobe look like M&S by comparison. All of this is before you consider an intergalactic beauty regime that requires you to paint your face entirely white one day and twirl your hair in Danish pastry-shaped buns around your ears the next…
Fans of this massive movie franchise, and of futuristic space fashion, are in for a treat over the coming months as the next instalment, Star Wars: Episode VII, has begun filming in London just as the fashion world makes a couple of direct nods to the films and offers up plenty of options for a budding space princess in 2014.
Rodarte AW14 [Catwalking]
The cast of the new flick was confirmed this week, with original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill all returning alongside newcomers John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. Oscar-winning Lupita Nyong'o and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie have also bagged roles, as well as one face (among other things) that will be very familiar to fans of HBO’s Girls – yes, Adam Driver has been signed up and is rumoured to be playing the big baddie (Cannot. Wait.) But what will princesses and alien slave girls old and new be wearing? Look no further than the Autumn Winter 2014 catwalks to find out…
Rodarte AW14 [Catwalking]
Nowhere in the shows was ‘the Force’ felt more than at Rodarte. Designers and sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavy closed their AW14 show in New York with five floor length gowns printed with classic Star Wars iconography – the Death Star and Yoda on the skirts of two black numbers, Luke Skywalker and C3PO on two neutral pieces.
Preen AW14 [Catwalking]
The trend was continued at London Fashion Week by Justin Thornton and Thea Bragazzi, with Storm Troopers on hand backstage to guard their new collection for Preen by Thornton Bregazzi. They too used a classic image from the Star Wars series on their pieces - no, luckily it wasn’t a full body print of Jar Jar Binks, but the face of Darth Vader, ultimate bad guy turned ultimate good guy (spoilers? Soz, but if you didn’t know that before then presumably none of this article will have made sense to you). Yes, the designers printed an image of Daddy Skywalker’s (come on, you’d need to have lived under a rock all your life...) terrifying black mask across silk shirts and tops, including a red and grey piece with matching skirt modelled by the lovely and in no way terrifying Malaika Firth.
David Koma AW14 [Catwalking]
Elsewhere there were plenty of looks reminiscent of some classic costumes from the films, and pieces that wouldn’t look out of place in the characters’ wardrobes today. David Koma showed a collection that could comfortably take an intergalactic diplomat from a meeting at the Senate to dinner in Cloud City – skater skirts, harness dresses and coats in deep purple and black leather all screamed kick-ass space heroine. His black mini dress with leather trim and a triangular neckline was particularly sci-fi chic.
Alexander McQueen AW14 [Catwalking]
At Alexander McQueen, Sarah Burton showed a hooded, knee-length fur coat that would keep Princess Leia warm on another visit to the ice planet Hoth, and a floor-length, long-sleeved white lace dress reminiscent of Queen Amidala’s wedding dress for her ill-fated nuptials with Hayden Christensen’s Anakin. London label KTZ presented a collection heavy on hoods (like capes, hoods are another big thing in the Star Wars universe) and all-white looks, purer-than-pure Leia’s favourite shade. Marjan Pejoski, the designer behind the brand, also went over to the dark side with a run of black looks accessorised with huge gold jewellery before finishing with a head-to-toe gold metallic outfit – very C3PO.
KTZ AW14 [Catwalking]
Diane Von Furstenberg and Julien Macdonald also made with the gold and sparkly, and Gareth Pugh went crazy with the metallic theme, showing full looks in shining silver with necklines that would really only look normal in outer space. He finished with a ruffled and puffed-out plastic gown and skullcap – perfect for space balls.
Gareth Pugh AW14 [Catwalking]
Of course one of the most iconic looks from the series is Princess Leia’s slave outfit, the subject of many a pubescent fantasy and immortalised unforgettably by Rachel, Ross and, ahem, Ross’s mum in Friends. The gold bikini sported by the very brave – and very thin – Carrie Fisher in Return of the Jedi is not something that everyone can pull off, but for the foolhardy among you, check out the Gucci wrap-around gold triangle bikini available on netaportercom. Time to get back on the 5/2 diet...
DVF and Julien McDonald AW14 [Catwalking]
You will have to wait until the end of next year at the earliest to see the new film, but that gives you plenty of time to hone your space wardrobe. The Force is strong with this trend, like it you will.