So, about two weeks ago in the Lumbersexual post, I said I would attempt to look into the future and tell you all the equivalent of fashion-lotto numbers. As I said then, there is a whole industry based around this idea, it's called Fashion Forecasting. Basically, what fashion forecasters do is look at the collections of the current seasons and see what elements keep popping up, then they say that that is a 'trend', and that we'll see more of it all over the place. They get paid a lot to do this. It would be like if the weather man told you tomorrow's weather by looking at recaps from the weather channel the week before.
I don't have a lot of faith in it. As an aside: Never trust someone like Tim Bailey to pick your shirt for you.
But I get it, you didn't click on this post to look at pictures of Tim Bailey. If you did, please leave. You came here because of the clickbait title that had the word 'Jedi' in it. And no, it's not just clickbait. I have strong reason to believe that 'Urban Jedi' is a look that we are going to see more of.
You don't have to believe me, and you can treat me with the same scepticism that I treat the fashion forecasters, but here me out. Big reveal below the break.
WARNING: Maybe spoilers? Jedi fans might want to get someone to proof read this. But if you ask me, anyone who would have cared about it that much would have seen the film by now. Live a little.
Don't bother googling this word, I'm pretty sure I made it up. Here are some pics below, it would give you an idea on where to start.
So, It's kind of hard to use pictures of existing stuff to describe a thing that is kind of about to happen, but I'm pretty sure you can see what's going on here. Lots's of shawly and drapey garments, loose fitting. Course fabrics and jerseys in Tatooine colours: bones, camels and browns.
One of the good things about this look is that it can be reasonable flattering to a large number of body shapes. Unlike tailored clothes, that fit best to buff bods, the drapes in this look can cover the bits of yourself you're not so keen on, and the ties can strap down the stuff you don't want "hangin' loose". No, I do not mean your junk.
The bad thing with this look is that it can quickly make you look like a ragpile. Misapplication of drapes and folds will make you look like a laundry room in Thunderdome. It encourages you to think before you wrap, tie and tuck. Also, lot's of drop-crotch pants. I don't trust any pants that hinder a speedy getaway.
Where did this all come from?
The ideas for this style have been brewing for a long time. It comes off the back of the look that many would refer to as 'Goth Ninja', which is still on the rise at the moment. Lots of black robes, scarves and cowls, hoods and creepy things. Like the Grim Reaper's teenage son that wants to go to arts school. Lot's of big name designers have been contributing this idea for years, particlularly Rick Owens, Yohji Yamamoto, and one of my favs, Alexandre Plohkov [as below].
Why "Urban Jedi" Now?
Why do you think, dumb-ass? Unless you have been living on Mars, in a cave, with your fingers in your ears, humming the Fallout 4 theme while chewing something crunchy, you would have known that a Star Wars film came out.
It amazing how a pop cultural phenomenon can shape fashion. 'Game of Thrones' shaped the ladieswear industry drastically during season three, with a large number of medieval and fantasy inspired dresses on the runway. At the height of 'Madmen's success, traditional tailored looks took off (as well as chain smoking and daytime office alcoholism. Golden years).
There is no bigger pop cultural phenomenon than Star Wars. It would be foolish to think we would not be seeing this rubbing off on the fashion scene. The release of the film will give take the 'Goth Ninja' look into the next level. I feel that the look has already rubbed off on the new(er) films.
Next post should be up earlier next week , maybe. I'm hoping for a bit more fluff and a bit less crunch for the next one. If you Turncoats have something you want me to poke the pointy stick at, let me know in the contact bit of the page, or you can message the Facebook page. You should follow that page. All the cool kids are doing it.
So, while fact checking towards the end of this one I found a fashion forecaster who agreed that this was an upcoming thing. Hmph. Maybe they are not all as stupid as I thought.