I call it the Hunger Games effect.
The fact is, those wondrous examples of fashion in the post-apocalyptic world – the shredded distressed jumpers, the matt leather worn-in looking leggings, the hooded draped tunics and cowl necked dresses, the drapey woollen winter coats, the rubberised fabric, the armour-looking accessories – that featured in films we love and were only available at exorbitant prices from couture designers, are now available to us.
In a trickle-down effect, what was once a niche fashion subtrend has now hit the mainstream – and how!
So last year we had the Trish Summerville “Capitol Couture” collection, where the entire line of clothing and accessories was inspired by the Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. Inspiring the film certainly was, with fashion from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, Korean menswear designer Juun J, and Indonesian avante garde designer Tex Saverio.
The year before, commencing with the first Hunger games movie, the online fashion magazine Capitol Couture was established (set within the fictional world of Panem), with articles by real-life fashion journalists, designers and celebrities.
Now, we’re beginning to see high street and chain store brands produce clothing at more reasonable prices, so we can build up our post-apocalyptic looking wardrobes. Examples?
A few years back it seemed it was only Rick Owens or Alexander Wang who did drapy cardigans & assymetrical draped wrap tops & dresses (at prices beyond us). Now they’re everywhere:
Hooded or waterfall coats
You could try the ASOS waterfall wide lapel coat with waterfall drape $211
or BB Dakota Henrietta Jacket with wide lapels and faux-leather sleeves ~ $115
Cyber ribbed clothing
Chainmail & armour
There has been a resurgence in chainmail looks too – possibly a Game of Thrones influence? So we have loose weave metallic jumpers & tunics looking like chainmail, and also rubberised tops giving a similar illusion.
From House of Fraser:
Cyber ribbed boots
Zara has a range of cool ribbed & quilted biker boots, like the ones below.
Of these items, when I was in New York I decided to grab the Tripp distressed jumper, the BB Dakota Henrietta jacket, the Novice ribbed jacket, the Gelareh and Skingraft leggings, the Max Studio lace shell top and the Miz Mooz boots for myself…what would you buy?
With Mockingjay opening tomorrow, I’m sure a whole new range of feathered and armour-like creations will be hitting the stores soon…maybe even with cool articulated shoulders like this? One can only hope!