AKA: Fashion Forward, Modernist, Tony Starking
Features: technology used as fashion, any clothing item that would set off a metal detector
What fresh hell is this, you ask? Despite its name, there’s nothing new to future-leaning fashion archetypes. In past iterations, it amounted to predicting -- with a wide margin of error -- what fashion might look decades down the road. This archetype is today most commonly defined by elements of electronics being proudly displayed as fashion accessories. Think, for instance, of the person wearing oversized Beats By Dre headphones as a status-showing necktie instead of actually using them to listen to music. The futurist is shiny-meets-techie with a note of impracticability.
Leather gloves, metal-studded caps... We understand the appeal, it being 2016 and all. This is the future that was supposed to have silver jumpsuits! And while that fashion trend has yet to catch on, we most certainly have metal-studded leather gloves, bright colors, light-up sneakers...
The problem is how goofy it looks. More so than any other archetype listed, this one feels like a costume. There’s a thin line between the future and a Saratoga Springs Comicon -- and that line is a pair of Mirrored Wrap-Around Shield Sunglasses.
In the end, it’s good to remember these archetypes are as artificial as the underpaid fashion interns assembling them. The trends are best approached as artificial constructs; not anthropological observations. As a conscious, modern dresser, you are in charge of your own vibe. And said vibe should never -- not once -- involve lumbersexuality.
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Ben Philippe is a writer based in New York City. His current attire of undershirt, cargo pants, and Nike sandals make him a prototypical "Wednesday Walkabout," coming to H&M in the fall of 2016. Find him on Twitter: @GoHomeBen.