The 7 Most Unlikely Style Icons Of The Season

The 7 Most Unlikely Style Icons Of The Season

From Del Boy to Darth Vader, fashion designers found inspiration in the strangest places for a/w2014

OK, so these high end designers probably weren’t ACTUALLY thinking of these fictional characters when they got their sketchbooks out (with the exception of Preen by Thornton Bregazzi who got special permission to use Darth Vader) but you’ve got to admit, the likenesses are uncanny. And having seen next season we can confirm that there are even more unlikely style icons s/s2015 too! In the meantime, here are our current favourites.

1. Velma

The coolest of Scooby Doo’s sidekicks (those glasses!) seemed to be a direct reference for Karl Lagerfeld with this orange creation at Chanel. Of course, Karl’s Velma is a little more upmarket: just add pearls.

2. Paddington Bear

Hunter Original’s debut catwalk collection featured duffle coats fit for everyone’s favourite teddy, and just in time for his first feature film! Pass the marmalade sandwiches.

3. Effie Trinkett

This is not the only catwalk homage we saw (Comme des Garcons also showed some decidedly Effie-like hair dos and John Rocha’s layered dresses looked straight out of The Capitol) but Vivienne Westwood’s was the most uncanny.

4. Spongebob Squarepants

The same designer that brought you McDonald’s Chic – Jeremy Scott at Moschino – also spawned a trend for Spongebob Couture. Whatever will he think of next? A whole collection inspired by Barbie? (Erm, yes)

5. Del Boy

Wheeler-dealers everywhere found themselves BANG on trend this season as Prada channelled Only Fools And Horses. Sheepskin coat? Tick. Red roll neck? Tick. Yellow three-wheeler? Not so much…

6. Austin Powers

Things got a bit GROOVY BABY at Emilio Pucci with this swinging claret velvet suit. In fact, we reckon this might be the perfect Christmas party outfit.

7. Darth Vader


The Star Wars characters Luke Skywalker, C-3PO and Yoda also cropped up on the runway in New York at Rodarte, but everyone knows baddies are much cooler than goodies, so Preen’s Darth Vader gets our vote.

by InStyle fashion features editor Hannah Rochell
follow me on twitter @hannahrochell

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