In fashion, something is always the new black. Florals. Gender nonconformance. Dads. Now, it seems that black might be the new black, but, in this case, the blackness is the vast, cold expanse of space punctuated with billions of tiny suns light years away.
In the move that would make Buzz Lightyear and Buzz Aldrin smile, the latest trend in the fashion world is coming from out of this world. Gucci’s Fall 2017 campaign paid homage to Star Trek and Star Wars with aliens and UFOs; Tom Sachs and Nike rereleased the artist’s iconic Mars Yard sneaker; and Karl Lagerfeld literally launched a rocket to close out Chanel’s space-themed Fall 2017 collection.
The space age is clearly having a moment and who better to explain why than Bill Nye, the most fashionable scientist around? “NASA is the best brand the United States has,” the bowtie enthusiast said to The Cut. “Everywhere you go in the world, people may not like the United States, but they respect NASA.” There’s truth to that statement. After all, our president’s blatant Neo-Nazism may be fashionable to some subsets of the population, but it’s the NASA space program that appeals to everyone.
As the earth heats up and we look for ways to escape the planet, there’s a certain kind of optimism in space travel. As Bill Nye explained, “Space brings out the best in people, because it’s inherently optimistic. You’re dipping your toes in the cosmic ocean. We’re exploring, and when you explore, you’re going to have an adventure. That’s what fashion is all about.”