Chanel was the one who brought the trend back: A giant space rocket staged at the Grand Palais in Paris at the Chanel f/w ’17 show back in March made everyone realize that astronaut prints might become a thing again. A couple months later, we see brands from commercial to premium adopt the galactic trend.
While the classic space look evolves around a black-and-white color palette and sharp, futuristic cuts, current interpretations instead concentrate on fun galactic prints. Just take the Wrangler x Peter Max s/s ’18 collection of colorfully spiced up denim classics as a perfect example for today’s space-inspired fashion: It’s fun. This also may account for why labels such as Dolce & Gabbana design phone cases with cute robots on them.
When French fashion designer André Courrèges introduced the “space age” in the mid-1960s it was all about out-of-this-world looks featuring A-line dresses, vinyl materials, googles and helmets that were reminiscent of astronauts. Today’s approach comes down much more casual. White tees are printed with stars, planets, astronauts, robots and–not to forget–space rockets. Call it NASA nostalgia.
At least f/w ’17 and s/s ’18 collections stay true to one of the most crucial space fashion attributes: silver metallics. Those can be incorporated into accessories (see the Chanel sunglasses) or mark statement pieces, such as the shiny silver metallic vest from Weekday’s current “Space is the place” collection.