Owens designs clothes that evoke the "Star
Christmas party a few weekends ago, one of my girlfriends’
daughters told me that she was on a serious hunt for a
pair of well-worn flat boots and taupe pantaloons like
those that she-ro Rey wears in the latest "Star
was enough for me — a woman who, despite being born in
the ’70s, hadn’t seen any of the beloved franchise’s
flicks in their entirety — to check out the seventh
installment, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
"Star Wars" movies past, the wardrobe here is
wearable. Even among the original, less outlandish
costumes worn by Hans and Luke (think black vests and
khaki jackets), you never saw those looks rocking the
runway. But the fashion in "The Force Awakens"
is all over the place, and the vibe starts on the red
Rey, of course, played by Daisy Ridley, who has attended
premieres in Chanel and Prabal Gurung. And the
thousand-year-old alien Maz Kanata, who runs an
intergalactic bar, is actually the glamorous and beautiful
Lupita Nyong’o, a red-carpet veteran.
one informs the other. John Boyega plays Finn, the hunk in
a borrowed khaki leather jacket (don’t you want one?).
And Oscar Isaac, who plays pilot Poe Dameron, likely will
send us to Uniqlo to buy some puffy vests.
is a film that joins "Hunger Games" and
"Jurassic World" in the growing number of movies
starring millennials who make it cool to be both a fighter
these futuristic fantasies also are behind many of the
decade’s top fashion trends — think Katniss Everdeen’s
chunky-knit infinity scarves and elaborate hair braids
(which surely inspired the opening of many a suburban
braid bar since the film’s 2012 debut). Scarves and
braids will likely remain a staple on the fall 2016
runways this February.
"Star Wars" ready-to-wear effect is likely to go
even further, meaning beyond the kitschy evening gowns
screen-printed with images of R2-D2, C-3PO and Yoda by
American designers and sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy in
their fall 2014 Rodarte collection.
the pieces designed for the Bloomingdale’s-sponsored
Force 4 Fashion charity auction this month were less about
copying movie characters than applying parts of their
personality to a design.
because "Force Awakens" costume designer Michael
Kaplan dressed his cadre of otherworldly characters in a
way that’s maybe not of this earth, but that is of these
times. Runways these days are ruled by androgynous and
sand-colored outfit Rey wears for the duration of the
movie looks as though it walked off the runways of Rick
Owens, Alexander Wang or Kanye West.
arm-warmers not only show off her battle-toned upper arms,
but also are athletic-turned-athleisure accessories on
their way to becoming a cold-weather staple surely to be
seen on an H&M table by January.
when Rey appears in the last moments of the film wearing a
gray-vest-arm-warmer-combo, Kaplan clearly created the
illusion of the so-called cold-shoulder look. I would
guess that’s not a coincidence, as the racks of
retailers promise to be replete with shoulder-revealing
pieces in the spring.
wearability of "The Force Awakens" doesn’t
stop at Rey and her three-knob update to Leia’s buns.
That leather jacket of Finn’s can easily be thrown over
black cargo pants and a long-sleeve mock T (as he does in
the movie), or ripped jeans.
the apparel of the First Order (the very bad guys)
comprises an all-black, structured look. It’s very
Altuzarra-meets-Yohji-Yamamoto, with a little Comme des
Garçons thrown in. I’m confident I’ll be seeing a
version of Kylo Ren’s trench in Joan Shepp this spring.
for storm trooper white armor? I doubt it. But it’s
likely that hooded cloaks and drapey clothes will be a
force in our closets and on the fall 2016 runways this