Beam me up

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - FASHION WITH KARLYA SMITH -

When I think of fu­tur­is­tic cloth­ing, Star Trek, Star Wars and even Thun­der­birds in­flu­ence the retro-fu­tur­is­tic shapes that come to mind. It’s an aes­thetic that has been een ref­er­enced by designers and film m mak­ers alike, time and again over the past few decades. es.

Sim­ple shapes and sporty fin­ishes are the or­der of the day in to­day’s ad­di­tions to the genre.

Ly­cra, ny­lon, polo necks, draw­strings, and zips dou­ble uble as fas­ten­ings and de­sign de­tails. I’ve se­lected pieces here that lean to­wards the dressier side of the look be­cause, se, when it comes to lo­cal designers, that’s the most fun. n. Then there are the ac­ces­sories.

Glasses or shoes can com­plete a spaced-out look if f they stir up im­ages of aliens, ro­bots or far­away plan­ets. Look ook up Alexan­der McQueen’s sem­i­nal spring 2010 col­lec­tion ction for an ex­am­ple of se­ri­ous alien in­spi­ra­tion.

Look­ing tech­ni­cal is part of the job de­scrip­tion here, re, but one of these pieces has gone above and be­yond with some re­ally fu­tur­is­tic func­tions.

Amer­i­can brand Thinx pro­duces good-look­ing knick­ers ck­ers that can be worn as a re­place­ment – or as a back-up – to tra­di­tional san­i­tary prod­ucts.

Speak­ing of the fu­ture, it’s some­times surprising to o learn that af­ter much talk of au­toma­tion, ro­bots are not yet mak­ing our clothes.

Ro­bot­ics and lasers are core parts of cloth­ing pro­duc­tion, but they fea­ture more in the pre­cur­sors to sewing, such as cut­ting, dy­ing and tex­tile weav­ing.

In sewing fac­tory lines, there are ma­chines that can make but­ton holes and sew on but­tons, but so far, it’s proven im­pos­si­ble to mimic the man­ual dex­ter­ity re­quired to han­dle soft and slip­pery fab­ric.

I’ve watched a video of a ro­bot mak­ing a T-shirt, but the fab­ric had to be stiff­ened to board tex­ture first, and then washed at the end. So ro­bot sewing ma­chines are a way off, if they are even pos­si­ble.

1/ Is­abel Marant Etoile Square & Cir­cle hoops, $339 from Work­shop 2/ Caroline Sills top, $199 3/ Maaike edi­tion hoodie, $415 4/ She Thinx high-waist pe­riod-proof knick­ers, about $58 5/ Sylvester dance­hall flares, $279 6/ Juli­ette Ho­gan dove shorts,$329 7/ Adi­das x Stella McCart­ney ul­tra­boost, $380 8/ Adam Sel­man x Le Specs, The Scan­dal, $129 9/ Karen Walker Eye­wear Cast­away $329 10/ Adi­das Orig­i­nals tre­foil pon­cho, $140 11/ Kow­tow build­ing block-rib-fit­ted-top, $99 12/ Tay­lor Sub­di­vide coat, $547 13/ Boh Runga Jew­ellery Boh Dan­gles Te Huia ear­rings in sil­ver, $399 14/ Moochi di­ver­sion skirt, $250

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