[Makeup] A Salute to Starfleet Style

THE COSMIC WOMEN OF STAR TREK NOT ONLY MADE THE SERIES IMMORTAL, THEIR POWERFUL SENSE OF STYLE SENT SPACE-AGE FASHION TO A NEW FRONTIER.

It’s impossible to think what life in space would look like without Star Trek. The TV and movie series isn’t only a limitless marvel of sci-fi storytelling; it’s a launching pad for some of the most iconic, inventive, even comical costumes we’ve ever seen. Star Trek brought street style to space and back to Earth again. Turtlenecks, spandex and tunics haven’t been the same since the Starfleet donned them, but that’s only the beginning of the rabbit hole (or black hole) of fun. Let’s explore the cosmos of Trekkie style!

Star Trek made its impact upon first contact by thematically dressing its cast in skintight clothes that (really, truly) boldly went there. The immortal Starfleet uniforms were like none other onscreen: in The Original Series, men’s uniforms were colourful tunics, while women’s were short dresses with dark knee-high boots.

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Made of velour – which looked svelte under set lights – and in a sleek Spartan silhouette, it became the official sign language of fashion’s future.

Trek’s costumes came in fabrics hailed forward for their time: plastic, Perspex, a lot of new polyblends hatched straight from the lab. In the post-Sputnik 1960s, buzzy designers like Mary Quant and Paco Rabanne were working in similar space-age materials. Plus, Star Trek was already pushing gender and racial boundaries – The Original Series featured television’s first interracial kiss! – so, androgyny and bodycon styles felt right on (or, rather, perfectly ahead of) time.

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Lieutenant Uhura, the legendary African-American character who shared that fated kiss with William Shatner’s Captain Kirk, intrepidly piloted her own red miniskirt onto primetime.  The garment flaunted a sense of empowerment, professionalism and team identity, it was a badge of modernity.  Actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura, notes cheekily; “I was wearing them on the street. What’s wrong with wearing them in the air?” Touché.

Leonard Nimoy’s portrayal of the half-Vulcan,
half-human commander is at the heart of every
Star Trek fan’s obsession, and that worship comes
with its own special salute – and style. “Angular
in all the right places,” Vogue has hailed
him approvingly. V-shaped, indeed!

That gleeful sense of “Why not?” permeates many of Star Trek’s bolder style experiments. There were moments where Captain Kirk and his fellow crew resembled members of a ballet troupe at the Big Top. There were sparkle disco ensembles, tin foil bikinis, man thongs, young Wesley Crusher’s inexplicably generous collection of ruffled sweaters – shoulder pads and all. When the Starfleet landed on a foreign planet, new forms of life weren’t the only unknown variables to decode. But the pinnacle of extraterrestrial aesthetics is best captured by one name: Spock! Leonard Nimoy’s portrayal of the half-Vulcan, half-human commander is at the heart of every Star Trek fan’s obsession, and that worship comes with its own special salute – and style.  “Angular in all the right places,” Vogue has hailed him approvingly. V-shaped, indeed!

A SALUTE TO STARFLEET STYLE 3

As the series evolved, Star Trek costumes evolved to draw upon an athletic, balletic feel, incorporating stretch fabrics like spandex and Lycra to give the Starfleet look a new physique-enhancing appeal. The Next Generation’s spritely styles have influenced future-facing looks at Versace, Alexander Wang, Jean Paul Gaultier and beyond.  But thanks to social media and fan-driven events like Comic Con, Star Trek cosplay strives to heroic levels of creativity, with its most avid participants literally morphing from eyeball to modified toe-claw to capture their most cherished characters in the flesh. When the Star Trek: Mission New York convention debuts later this year for the series’ 50th anniversary, it will not only celebrate a major pop-culture milestone, it will be proof that dressing up like our heroes can keep their story, and our part in it, going forever.

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[San Juan Moda] Host Inaugural Gala

(L to R) Gisela Asencio de Alemañy, Gricel Mamery, Lucy Rodriguez Bacardí, Ruby Lefranc y Mimi Emanuelli. Photo by Giovani Cordero.

(L to R) Gisela Asencio de Alemañy, Gricel Mamery, Lucy Rodriguez Bacardí, Ruby Lefranc y Mimi Emanuelli. Photo by Giovan Cordero.

On the 5th Edition of “San Juan Moda”, the organization has selected the top five women who best represent fashion in Puerto Rico, acknowledging them with the first anual event: “Las Cinco Mas Fabulosas”.

The project “Las Cinco Mas Fabulosas”, The Five Most Fashion Forward is a concept that seeks to recognize the woman that is true to her style, that can embrace different trends and make them her own. ‘These are women that do not follow runways, but seek, choose, and adapt to their styles, becoming fashion icons’, said Iris Eden Santiago, creator of the project.

This inaugural group is composed of: Gisela Asencio de Alemañy, Ruby Lefranc, Lucy Rodríguez Bacardí, Gricel Mamery y Mimi Emmanuelli de Rubín. These women will be acknowledged on Friday, October 2 when “San Juan Moda” becomes host to the 1st Annual Gala of Fashion to be held in The San Juan Resort and Casino.

La Gala de la Moda”, fashion gala is the precursor of the 5th edition of “San Juan Moda”, held from October 2 to the 10th at The San Juan Resort and Casino. The gala will also be host to the first ever fashion awards to the best designs of the 4th Edition of “San Juan Moda” Spring/Summer ‘15. ‘The San Juan Moda Fashion Awards will be held twice a year, recognizing the best of the previous seasons’, said Carlos Bermudez, President of the organization. ‘Another innovative aspect of SJM, is that for the first time the work of Fashion Editors, Fashion Journalist, Fashion Columnist and Stylist will also be acknowledged.’, stated Bermudez.

The San Juan Moda Fashion Awards will recognize extraordinary design and excellence in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Haute Couture Collection
  • Outstanding Womenswear Collection
  • Outstanding Menswear Collection
  • Outstanding Overall Design
  • Best Evening wear
  • Best Wedding Dress
  • Best Runway Ambiance
  • Most Outstanding Female Model
  • Most Outstanding Male Model
  • Best Hair and Makeup Artistry
  • Best Accessories Design
  • The Carlota Alfaro Vanguard Award

La Gala de la Moda” is a celebration of the fashion industry, with the aim of rewarding excellence, creativity, diversity and stimulate the various collaborators that make this a successful, lively industry. For more information on tickets and pricing visit: San Juan Moda or write to: ojocreativopr@gmail.com.

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