Whatever your take on the Star Wars films – generation-defining space operas and modern cinema's greatest achievement (minus the three rubbish ones) or overblown kid flicks strictly for the fanboys – there's no denying they look brilliant. The visual feast extends to the costumes, which manage to seem simultaneously futuristic, medieval and, strangely, very AW17. With the hotly-anticipated eighth instalment The Last Jedi released today, we decided to examine some of the series' most influential getups.
STYLE AND CULTURE
STAR WARS' STYLE INFLUENCE
By Style Feed Staff, 14 December 2017
George Lucas channelled Tokyo auteur Akira Kurosawa in his original vision of the Star Wars universe. The Hidden Fortress, Kurosawa's 1958 tale of lowly peasants and warring samurai, was an early plot influence, and the 'feudal Japan' feel started with the Tatooine settlers in A New Hope and continues in the latest film courtesy of a dishevelled Luke Skywalker. Kanye West's YEEZY SEASON 3 collection was full of oversized and distressed threads in earthy tones – a staple style of the rapper-turned-designer – which could easily pass as the garms of an intergalactic recluse. Lightsaber sold separately.
MSGM's SS18 menswear collection featured a lot of longline, futuristic silhouettes fit for some non-specific galaxy far, far away. But this particular look – all white everything with subtle black detailing – is only a Stormtrooper helmet away from being a uniform worthy of the dark side's most badass-looking but inaccurate-shooting grunts.
Considered a luxurious colour in the 14th century before becoming synonymous with evil in the late 1600s due to the widespread fear of witchcraft, black is the obvious go-to hue for any high-ranking personnel of the Empire and subsequent First Order. In 2017, sorcery is no longer an issue, which is lucky as all black getups have become very popular among the sartorially savvy – take this street-styler at Tokyo Fashion Week SS18, whose overcoat, turtleneck and cropped trousers would do General Hux proud.
As the most skilful pilot in Leia Organa's Resistance fleet, Poe Dameron deserves an outfit suitable for an MVP. His distinct orange boiler suit and giletesque chest box certainly fit the bill and is similar to what we've been seeing for AW17. Bold colour palettes have touched everything from accessories (think Off-White's yellow industrial belt) to co-ords, which have enjoyed a revival as the previously difficult-to-master style has been diluted down and infused with other trends, like the utility-inspired pockets on this candy red number.