Black Milk has been producing their iconic Galaxy leggings and skintight dresses for years and has built a cult following around their limited edition patterns and distinctive branding. It wasn’t until Christopher Kane’s resort 2011 collection, however, when the Milky Way hit the mainstream. High fashion met the cosmos with a warm welcome, mesmerized by its hypnotic mix of colors, the quality digital images, as well as the mix of the nerdy and the stunning in the women who wear it. Proving that the trend had potential for more than shiny novelty legwear, Kane skillfully applied the print to chiffon biker jackets, dresses with a 1950s housewife-style cut, and ‘boyfriend’ tees, so that whatever the preferred piece, it was sure to be available in the cult cosmic cloth.
Thankfully, it wasn’t long before the high street and its online counterparts rose to the challenge thus allowing more fashion lovers access to the trend without needing to break the bank. Topshop, ASOS and ROMWE, amongst many others, have succumbed to the print, offering it in various guises such as crosses on cropped tees, chiffon waterfall skirts and even Jeffrey Campbell has adorned his darling ‘Lita’ boots with the nebulae, in collaboration with Black Milk.
Wearing the stars on your sleeves is so easy because it can look both feminine and bright, as well as edgier and dark depending on what you pair it with. For a colourful, summery look that’s perfect for festivals and sunny days, go for purple and pink galaxy items, and add pastels. To emulate the gorgeous starry sky on your next night out, match the Zenith with leather and crowd your fingers with metallic rings. Don’t forget to add a killer pair of heels and a slick of black nail polish for extra attitude.
Speaking of nails, the galaxy trend has crossed over to them too! As discussed in our blog post on current nail art trends, intricate and unique patterns are becoming more and more prevalent, with YouTube and pinterest now home to tons of tutorials from talented manicurists. Armed with a few sponges, a couple of different paint colours, and a white nail pen, you can play into the quirky craze in a small way with products you are likely to already own. What’s more, you’ll have the added smugness of knowing that your manicure is totally one of a kind since every application is, inevitably, different.
The trend has been growing but don’t worry if you’re new to it; there is surely more fuel in its rocket yet. As something that will appeal in some way to anyone with an appreciation for the natural world, outer space, or even an academic passion for Astrophysics (we know you Sirens are a clever bunch), it’s bound to be around for seasons to come because it’s applicable to both the colder and winter times of year, depending on how you layer and the colors you go for. Go full on Ziggy Stardust, or pay meek homage to your favorite sci-fi – however brave you feel, let’s get lost in space.