Looking forward to the future sounds like a cliche, but it just may be the c’est la vie for the fashion world. Following the 2014 Paris Fashion Week, the commercial world of fashion was forced to say goodbye to some of the greats and look forward to just that — the future. Designer Jean Paul Gaultier won’t be debuting runway looks as he focuses on his fragrance line and other creative endeavors, forcing fashion fans to embrace a brave new world of young visionaries. Paris fashion felt so futuristic that only space could handle some of the designs. Space could not, however, handle Kimye. The infamous duo was booed at Lanvin, and a lunging lunatic even risked his last bits of dignity in order to rid the runway of the stars.


Alas, back to the fashion. Although futuristic designs reigned supreme at some of the hottest shows, the fashions recalled the past that built the designers. Alexander Fury captured the sentiment nicely for the Independent:

By avoiding retro pastiche, designers pushed reference through to something different. Junya Watanabe riffed on space age – Plexiglass helmets, brief shifts constructed of random assemblages of abstract shapes in high-shine patent. Those were also redolent of Sixties retro-futurism, the brave new worlds imagined by Paco Rabanne and André Courrèges. But this reiteration made them feel fresh. And Yohji Yamamoto drew on the Twenties, their bias-cutting and the suspenders tight against the pale thighs of Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel, in a strong show of intelligent seduction and perversion. Sex, even kink, without the schlock of shock.


Despite imagining a fashionably galactic future, the glamorous past can never quite be ignored. The designers that truly expanded on the idea of a fashionable future were the ones that drew on the past for inspiration. Think mixing intense detailing with feminine flourishes. Juliane Escobedo Shepherd commented on the trend for Jezebel:

Plenty of designers are trying to interpret some vague notion of “The Future” but their presentations have often been cynical, detached, cold. Manish Arora, the New Delhi-based designer who presented in Paris today, is clearly more optimistic about his sci-fi vision, presenting some kind of galactic pastry rave populated by space princesses in iridescent bike shorts with fanny packs and camel toes.

The real question is what kind of space style get-up can we expect RiRi to get her hands on? Ok, maybe that’s not on everyone’s mind, but it’s certainly a thought to ponder. How will the commercial fashion world react to the galactic stylings that dominated the runways this past week? If acceptance is on the mind of fashion buyers, then the next few seasons for us mere mortals might just be consumed with retro space wear. That’s something we might need to get used to seeing.

What do you think of the futuristic fashion trend? Would you try it on for size? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet me @Kelseymbro