Looking straight out of a gritty sci-fi movie, these 35 futuristic and sometimes bizarre high-fashion looks envision a future of metallic artificial hair, dresses that dispense actual cocktails, accordion-like protective headgear and outfits that would fit right in on an alien runway.
Metallic Hair by Junya Watanabe
Human hair is replaced with sharp, shiny headwear in Junya Watanabe’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Functional helmets they’re not, and they certainly look a bit odd to our eyes, but imagine just pulling this thing onto your head every morning and walking out the door rather than spending time styling your hair.
Fashion Technogenesis by DZHUS
Ukrainian designer Irina Dzhus is certainly thinking outside the fashion box with her DZHUS concept collection, presenting pieces of clothing as ‘metaphysical objects.’ For all their striking weirdness, many of these garments appear to be quite practical, transforming or offering hidden storage. It’s not hard to imagine the accordion-like headgear being incorporated into a functional rain suit of some sort.
Hypnosis Collection by Ara Jo
The ‘Hypnosis’ collection by young designer Ara Jo looks like something out of a strange dream, especially the garments that stretch over the wearer’s heads and necks. Some look like medieval torture devices. Unsurprisingly, these looks caught the eye of fashion stylist Nicola Formichetti, who chose one for Lady Gaga.
Sharp and Monochromatic Looks from Gareth Pugh
Few designers deliver such consistently dark, futuristic and beautifully bizarre looks season after season as does Gareth Pugh. The Paris-based, London-born designer is known for his performance art approach to fashion, which frequently includes wearable sculptures and is based on visual themes like the apocalypse, aliens and carnivals.