Beam me up
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