Style icons: sci-fi heroes

With the release of The Star Wars Film imminent, what better time to look to cinema's intergalactic, inter-dimensional aces for fashion inspiration?

Style icons: sci-fi heroes


Against the backdrop of a dystopian megalopolis filled with leather-clad cyberpunks, Blade Runner‘s moody, lapel-loving detective manages to stand out. Clad in an epic trench coat the mumbling, Replicant-retiring protagonist is as cool as they come, which he deftly proves throughout the film with his honed execution of clashing patterns. Take that, convention. In fact, it probably takes more skill matching a busy shirt like this and a patterned tie than it does whipping an uncooperative Nexus 6 android at fistycuffs.

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Solaris may just be the most cerebral sci-fi flick out there, which is no surprise considering it came from the mind of genius Polish author Stanislaw Lem. The unintentionally controversial Polish writer was actually wrongly shopped to the FBI by American novelist Philip K Dick (the troubled individual behind both Blade Runner and Total Recall among others) for being a Marxist. There’s nothing contentious about Solaris’ wardrobe however – its pairing of a sophisticated roll neck with the utilitarian work jacket is proper Eastern Bloc chic.

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You could argue that the sleazy leather-jacketed Dr Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park was Jeff Goldblum’s style pinnacle, but if you did, you’d be a cretin. That’s because his steez as weirdo scientist Brundle in The Fly really takes the fashion biscuit, sicks up on it and eats it. His refined union of the crisp white shirt with the wooly jacket is a strong juxtaposition of textures. The ensemble has a real Ivy League feel to it but note how the subtle burgundy tie is knotted slightly loose adding a devil-may-care counter to the smart three-finger collar. Metamorpho-sick!

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Alien was originally pitched by its director Ridley Scott as “truckers in space” which goes some to explaining the Nostromo crew’s functional, drab duds. John Hurt’s character Kane however, manages to make the get-up look weirdly charismatic. Check him out, in his flight jacket, all-white fatigues and work shirt. Insouciance personified. His choice of a functional trainer-boot is enough to make modern-day hipsters weep with cross-generational appreciation. Extra credit also for having the coolest surname in a franchise full of them (Vasquez, Bishop, Ash, Drake etc).

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Normcore is the art of dressing boringly. And, hey, look: it turns out it was pioneered by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall, 24 years before it even became a thing. Still struggling? Just picture what your dad’s wearing on his trip to pick up the Christmas tree from B&Q. That’s normcore. True, “Big” Dougie Quaid dressed like this because he was meant to be a construction worker and this is what Hollywood thought futuristic construction workers wear. But there’s no arguing with the layering of a granddad collar under a plaid shirt. That’s some immortal workwear style.

Menswear on Mr Hyde curated by Will Barnes.

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