There was an era not too long ago when galaxy print filled the pages of major fashion magazines, inundated the wish lists of tuned-in teens and marked a community of thinkers who turned up their noses against mainstream culture. Granted, this was an incredibly brief span of time before the colorful pattern infiltrated suburban high schools and ultimately became a cliched trend sprinkled across “hipster” starter packs.
Designer Christopher Kane arguably introduced the space-inspired look with his stunning resort ’11 collection, presenting a lineup of landscape prints all captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Back then it all felt fresh, but has since been beaten dead by an excited flock of “fashionistas,” whose Saturdays are spent perusing the local Urban Outfitters for some super hip, glossy Lana Del Rey vinyl.
For pre-fall ’16, Designer Issey Miyake took a stab at reinventing Kane’s look, infusing his signature Japanese subtleties into the collection’s silhouettes. One coat features a dramatic, high neck in a cool-colored, intergalactic pattern; this same fabric makes appearances on an asymmetrical skirt, slouchy pullover and cropped trousers. A more sophisticated, red-hued variation structures a tailored jacket and dramatic, wide-legged pants.
Miyake’s print is presented in a more mature manner than Kane’s, and one that’d likely not appeal to the same “galaxy girl” that prides herself on streaming “eclectic” Spotify playlists (i.e. Kid Cudi, Ellie Goulding and The Weeknd). Though we’ll forever bow to Miyake’s untouchable pleats and inimitable attention to shape, perhaps this extraterrestrial revival happened a bit too soon?