Fashion Forecast: Sci-Fi Fantasy


Jennifer Lawrence (Getty), Peter Pilotto, Thierry Mugler, Chanel (Imax Tree)

As always, fashion is looking forward, but not merely into the near future. Designers are now turning to digital prints, gleaming metallics and angular cutouts to create pieces that appear to be circa Fall 2090. And right in time, too, with the dystopian Hunger Games frenzy in full force. Jennifer Lawrence, the HG heroine herself, has already shown how to rule the futuristic trend on the red carpet and even Taylor Swift momentarily ditched her ball gowns to venture into a new realm of glamour.

If you're looking to modernize your wardrobe, prepare to boldly enter a whole new galaxy of style.

Taylor+Swift in 47th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Arrivals
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For the Academy of Country Music Awards, Taylor surprised fans when she decided not to show up doused in tulle or sequins. Instead, she donned this J. Mendel number with a Space Age vibe in the form of crisp minimalist lines and gold ribbons.

London Fashion Week Fall 2012, Peter Pilotto
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Peter Pilotto is the king of galactic prints. For Fall 2012, the designer entranced his audience with psychedelic patterns of midnight blues and lime green on scuba-meets-spaceship silhouettes.

Jennifer+Lawrence in Premiere Of Lionsgate's
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Jennifer could not have worn a more perfect gown for the world premiere of The Hunger Games. This Prabal Gurung cutout dress erased all the wrong MC Hammer did to gold lamé. Well, mostly.

Paris Fashion Week Fall 2012, Chanel
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Karl Lagerfeld's crystallized Chanel collection for Fall 2012 was, in every sense, out of this world. The show itself looked like a scene from Superman's Krypton while bejeweled eyebrows and layered iridescent fabrics brought the theme to a whole new level.

Heidi+Klum in 2011 American Music Awards - Arrivals
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One of our favorite red carpet risk-takers, Heidi Klum, took another approach to sci-fi fashion in this structured laser-cut dress at the American Music Awards. The see-through Giles Deacon number was even paired with crimped hair and silver eyeshadow for a 1980s does the 2000s effect.

Paris Fashion Week Fall 2012, Thierry Mugler
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With clientele like Lady Gaga, Thierry Mugler has safely conquered the bizarre empire of high-fashion. His Fall 2012 line went even further by incorporating an alien-esque element of body-distorting shapes melded with stringy fringe and fluffy astronaut gear.

Echo Award 2012 - Red Carpet Arrivals
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While Katy Perry may have looked like a retro Barbie doll at the Echo Awards, this mirrored mini dress came from Paco Rabbane's collection rife with planetary headwear and fembot attire.

Paris Fashion Week Fall 2012, Alexander McQueen
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Sarah Burton's creations for Alexander McQueen's fall line were reminiscent of underwater wildlife with a Deep Space Nine edge. Belts that looked like weaponry and face-covering visors adorned every luxuriously textured model. As the designer described, the line conveyed "a beautiful future, positivity, optimism."
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