Fashion has been mining Blade Runner‘s dystopian-punk style for years—as seen in Alexander Wang’s staple leather and studs, Balenciaga‘s Fall 2012 neon-splashed sci-fi-print jackets, Gucci‘s Spring 2012 raccoon-mask eyeshadow runway look. The cult classic has even gone mainstream, inspiring a will.i.am-accompanied Victoria’s Secret fashion show segment in 2007, complete with noir-neon cityscape set design.
With the announcement that a Blade Runner sequel is finally in the works, prepare for the floodgates of replicant chic to open even wider. The original film was set in Los Angeles, circa 2019, and had Darryl Hannah combining her Aimee Mann-circa-’Til Tuesday spiky platinum hair with black leather-and-tulle jumpsuits and punkish accessories (torn fishnets and garter belts; studded dog collars, belts, and cuffs).
The long-awaited sequel to the 1982 cult classic will be set several years after the conclusion of the original film, with director Ridley Scott and original screenwriter Hampton Fancher reuniting to get it done. No release date has been announced, but when the sequel is finally released, expect to see the look explode.
For the uninitiated, Blade Runner 101, after the cut.