Thursday 22 March 2018

How to wear the future warrior trend

The future warrior trend as seen during Rick Owens show during Paris Fashion Week. Photo: Getty Images
The future warrior trend as seen during Rick Owens show during Paris Fashion Week. Photo: Getty Images

Sinead Van Kampen

Future Warrior is the catwalk look everyone's talking about at the moment. Mixing delicate fabrics with military chic and a mish mash of everything from sci-fi futurism to bold tribal prints, the Future Warrior look is becoming the future of power dressing.

Essentially, the look is harsh, urban and blurs the line between romance and power dressing. The catwalks loved it for SS10 but do our style insiders agree? Getting the look right means you'll pull the Future Warrior look with some to spare, but getting it wrong means you'll end up like an extra from Apocalypse Now. Helping us are Annmarie O'Connor, fashion writer and regular on the Afternoon Show and celebrity stylist Ingred Hoey.

Annemarie O'Connor

Over on the catwalks Joanne Hynes is the high priestess of future warrior fashion and Rick Owens really gave the look an angular direction at his SS10 shows. The high street has caught this quite quickly due in no small part to its wearability. It has an urban feel to it and Top-Shop and Warehouse are doing future warrior well so I suspect this is here to stay. Whether you like it or not, we might all be grabbing our imaginary shields and stomping like Giselle.

Essentially getting this look right requires a strong dynamic, but you might not need to go the whole Mad Max. Taking one or two bold elements like a bib-necklace or a chunky knuckle-duster can transform your outfit. It sounds bold, but it can be softened and will work with softer fabrics.

If you can leave self-conscious at the door, this look might just be right for you. Future Warrior is a cocktail of power dressing, military statement pieces and prints which take their reference from ancient civilisations are then topped off with a futuristic twist. You can, and probably should mix this down a bit. It's a fierce look, so staying on the right side of bold will help work the trend.

Ingrid Hoey

I love this trend, everything about it makes you feel empowered and even the saying name Future Warrior gives me a shiver of bold optimism. We've seen Beyonce and Rhianna, who are the undisputed queens of this look but it won't work for everyone because bold tribal pieces and angular shapes are a little difficult to get right, especially if you don't have the height.

I do like the look, but the danger of getting this wrong means you run the risk of bearing a startling resemblence to R2D2 in Star Wars. My advice would be team with something feminine. On the catwalk it looks wild but it needn't be, I've seen it done well in clear white fabrics and LBDs with metal detailing will work well if you need a more wearable take on Future Warrior.

Details are important. This look is forward thinking so think metal plating, perspex jewellery or fringe shouldered jackets. For everyday wear, a perspex cuff and military shirt can be worn over last seasons leathers and don't forget the fierce heels. Big, boxy heels, high gladiator sandals, or open toe shoe boots like those at the recent Balenciaga show are essential.

If your waiting to see whether this catches on but want to dip your toe in the water, head to Top-Shop and River Island before you hit Versace and Balmain because although I like it, I feel it might be a look that might be a little faddish.

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