Fashion designers love Star Wars, too. Sometimes references to the iconic sci-fi movie are literal, as in the printed gowns that closed out Rodarte’s fall-winter 2014 show. Sometimes they may not even be intentional, as was likely the case with Kanye West’s most recent collection.
In the new “Force 4 Fashion” fundraiser, borrowing Star Wars style for the catwalk was very intentional. Disney enlisted several popular designers to create looks based on characters in the upcoming movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fashion favorites who took part were Cynthia Rowley, Diane von Furstenberg, Giles Deacon, Halston, Opening Ceremony, Ovadia & Sons, Parker, Rag & Bone, Timo Weiland, and Todd Snyder.
The clothes, unveiled at a launch event last night (Dec. 2) in New York, are being auctioned through Dec. 18 on CharityBuzz.com by Bloomingdales. Proceeds will go to the Child Mind Institute, dedicated to helping children with mental-health issues. A number of stars turned up for the event, including actress Lupita Nyong’o, who was luminous—literally—in her own Star Wars-inspired ensemble.
The clothes themselves range in style from shaggy, Chewbacca-esque coats by both Billy Reid and Todd Snyder; to a straight-up recreation of the Stormtrooper uniform by Opening Ceremony; to Parker’s elaborately decorated jumpsuit inspired by chrome Stormtrooper Captain Phasma. Other looks also took inspiration from new characters appearing in the movie series, including Rey, Kylo Ren, BB-8, and Finn.
Here’s a look at the designers’ creations: