Galactic Fashion: Bloomingdales x Star Wars

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmaaas, everywhere you go!

I can only assume that you all have your Christmas lists filled with my recommendations from the last few months…if not, hurry! There might still be time! Kidding. For our last fashion talk of the semester, I thought about a few holiday outfit ideas, but I think this article could be put to much better use discussing something more important: Star Wars. Yes, it seems as though December (and November and October and…) is bringing more than just the holidays, it’s also brought the return of the Jedi, or should I say the awakening of the Force. It’s been hard containing my excitement for all these upcoming events and if you didn’t think I could make a fashion article about Star Wars, you thought wrong.

Bloomingdales. It’s heaven for the style-conscious shopper and now it’s a place of worship for the Star Wars cultist too. From the end of November through December 3rd, costumes from the new movie were on display in the windows of Bloomingdale’s NY flagship store. Now, the costumes are switched out for a new line of one-of-a-kind, couture designs. As part of a campaign called “Force 4 Fashion,” Bloomingdales and Lucasfilm teamed up with eleven famous designers to raise money for the Child Mind Institute charity for children and families struggling with mental health and learning disabilities.

You can view the designs in person at the store on 59th and 3rd, or you can see photos of the clothes and designs at their website. Each unique outfit is styled after one of the characters from the Star Wars franchise but in a new, more wearable (well…) way. All of the designs are valued at $5,000 and are on auction through charitybuzz.com. There are also two watches, one themed after Darth Vader and one after Boba Fett, with the Vader watch valued at $28,500. At that price it should certainly be able to breath for you.

The collection includes a wearble Stormtrooper coat designed by Ovadia & Sons, a Captain Phasma printed dress by Giles Deacon, and two furry Chewy coats by Todd Snyder and Billy Reid, along with the rest. My favorites would be Snyder’s menswear Wookie outfit as well as the beautiful, crystal gown by Parker which was also inspired by Gwendolyn Christie’s character, Captain Phasma. There are also outfits styled after the new hero/villain trio Rey, Finn and Kylo Ren.

While I don’t entertain any realistic dreams of buying any of these amazing outfits, it’s always interesting to see how many outside worlds often collide with the world of fashion. For those of you who want to get your hands on some merchandise, Bloomingdales also has a collection of regular-priced, Star Wars themed men’s clothing and accessories. Although, at this point, who doesn’t? That being said, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and I expect to see some very fashion-forward attendees at next week’s release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.