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Fall/Winter 2012 Fashion Trend: The Space Race

One of the Fall Winter 2012 fashion trends we’re seeing is Space Age Fashion. The Fall/Winter 2012 runway shows were full of futuristic fashion, perfect for a vacation on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, perhaps?

This season’s style is looking boldly towards the future, with shimmering metallics, boxy shoulders, moulded shapes, leather fabrics and alien-like features.

Space Age Fashion

Paco Rabanne’s Fall 2012 Ready to Wear Collection has a distinct space age theme, with lots of metallics and variations on the Brigitte Bardot 1969 mini metallic dress.

Paco Rabanne FW2012

Paco Rabanne Fall/Winter 2012 photos from

Karl Lagerfeld’s designs for Chanel’s Fall 2012 Couture collection give a nod to the future, with shades of black, gray, silver, and dusty pink. The models for Chanel’s runway shows were wearing sparkling lurex stockings and toe-capped shoes, complementing the silver running through Karl Lagerfeld’s tweeds.

Chanel Fall 2012 Couture

Chanel Fall 2012 Couture

Prabal Gurung’s runway models looked powerful and other-worldly wearing shiny fabrics, leather gloves, dark shades and alien-like eye makeup.

Prabal Gurung Fall 2012

Prabal Gurung Fall 2012

It was all business at Balenciaga’s Fall 2012 Ready to Wear Collection, which was inspired by corporate dressing. Models were all employees of “Balenciaga, Inc.”, dressed as bosses, I.T technicians, interns, creatives and even corporate spies. The techies had a sci-fi look about them, wearing paracahute-silk overalls.

Balenciaga Fall 2012 Space Age Fashion

Balenciaga Fall 2012

Crystals ad feathers featured heavily in Chanel’s Fall 2012 Ready to Wear Collection, with models sporting embroidered eyebrows by Lesage. The shiny fabrics, large silver collars and cut-out metallic shoes made it all look like something out of a science fiction movie.

Chanel Ready to Wear Fall 2012 Space Trend

Chanel Ready to Wear Fall 2012

Vogue and Virgin Galactic

Meanwhile, Vogue’s humongous September Issue featured a “Space Odyssey” shoot at Virgin Galactic’s own spaceship manufacturing company in Mojave, CA.

The space age styles were carefully selected by Vogue fashion director Tonne Goodman and modelled in American Vogue by Karen Elson, with photos shot by Steven Klein. Exaggerated silhouettes, structured tailoring, chain mail, black leather, shimmery sequins and metallics all featured in the editorial.

Vogue September Issue 2012 Space Odyssey and Virgin Galactic

Vogue September Issue 2012 “Space Odyssey” Karen Elson

Vogue September Issue 2012 Karen Elson Virgin Galactic

Vogue September Issue “Space Odyssey” Karen Elson

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo both appear in the magazine, and several hundred people have already booked their place in space on SpaceShipTwo. To venture into space on Virgin Galactic, it costs $200K plus a refundable deposit.

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