Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong aren’t normally who you think of as style icons, but they are in Balenciaga’s eyes.
The luxury fashion house has announced the release their new collection, inspired by NASA and bearing the space agency’s logos.
Debuted as part of the brand’s FW21 ‘Video Game’, the drop includes everything from keyrings to handbags to polo tops.
Most notable, however, is the £3,850 ‘space parka’.
The oversized coat is designed to make you look like you’re about to jet off into the sky, with distressed white fabric to mimic the garments worn by the victors of the space race.
Everything from the funnel neck to the multiple pockets look realistic, although unfortunately you don’t get a bubble helmet for the price tag.
Don’t mistake this collection for a collaboration, though. Apparently, NASA makes its logo free to use, although designs need to be submitted for approval by its office of communications.
Balenciaga is renowned for taking iconic (yet not always stylish or practical) pieces and reimagining them for a new generation. Their chunky ‘dad’ trainers swept the fashion world, as did their takes on the classic Ikea bag.
This collection has many of those elements.
For example, a polo shirt that genuinely looks like a NASA work uniform, acetate wraparound sunglasses that wouldn’t be out of place on your uncle at a barbecue, and utility backpacks and carabiners.
Primarily in black and white, with pops of red and blue from the NASA branding, prices start from £95.
The women’s selection ranges slightly away from the ‘dad-core’ elements of the men’s, with the Chevalier silver heeled booties and Loop earrings offering slightly more evening-friendly wearing.
Much of the rest of Balenciaga FW21 is distressed and slouchy (think frayed jumpers with multiple holes pulled into them) so this appeals to those who prefer a brighter palate and a more put-together aesthetic.
Whether this NASA drop from the brand will take over Polo Ralph Lauren’s astronaut-themed line (worn by Drake and Odell Beckham Jr), we wait to see.
Credit: Original article published here.