Statement placements or splattered all over, the motif is the big story of spring/summer menswear. Lee Holmes decodes some of fashion’s favoured graphics .
Since the lunar landings of the 1960’s, space and the exploration of it, has never failed in capturing the imagination of almost everyone. Fashion designers are no exception; in the same decade Paco Rabanne created the wardrobe for Jane Fonda in the sci-fi cult film Barbarella, while as recently as 2007 the Italian label Dolce and Gabbana sent models dressed as astronauts down their catwalk.
Nowadays, the idea of travelling to the moon has become a little passé. Instead, it’s the exoplanets – worlds light years away that may actually harbour other life – that fire our imaginations. And again, designers are quick on the uptake; this summer J.W. Anderson, for the Spanish label Loewe, used space rockets and planets as his motif of choice. Emblazoned across both the clothes and leather accessories, these interstellar patterns gave the collection a Boys’ Own sense of adventure. Miuccia Prada was another – if we’re talking Kubrick, the intarsia-knit rockets adorning sweaters at her spring/summer 2016 menswear show last June had shades of Danny Torrance in The Shining rather than A Space Odyssey.