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Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by Star Trek Into Darkness


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It seems like it’s been ages since I’ve penned a Geek Chic post. But, given that the very first article in this column was about fashion inspired by the 2009 Star Trek film, I’d say that the new Star Trek Into Darkness movie is the perfect reason to get geeky again!

While I missed the midnight premiere of Into Darkness (I was flying home from Madrid), I caught a showing of the film with my friends a couple of days later. I’d been a bit nervous about the sequel living up to the standard of the first movie, but I loved seeing the new spin on a well-known baddie. Plus, it was nice to see more girl power on the Enterprise bridge with the addition of Alice Eve to the cast!

P.S. If you haven’t seen the film yet, there’s a SPOILER about a major villain reveal later in the article.

Check out previous Geek Chic articles: Buffy-inspired fashion (and Part 2), Castle-inspired fashionFirefly-inspired fashionThe Hobbit-inspired fashionSupernatural-inspired fashionBones-inspired fashionPrincess Bride-inspired fashionThe Dark Knight trilogy-inspired fashionPokemon-inspired fashion Star Wars Prequel-inspired fashionLost-inspired fashionSailor Moon-inspired fashionDoctor Who-inspired fashion (plus Part 2 and Part 3), Sherlock-inspired fashionStar Wars Original Trilogy-inspired fashionThe Big Bang Theory fashionthe Lord of the Rings fashion, and Star Trek-inspired fashion.)

Know Your Geek: About Star Trek Into Darkness

  • While it’s the sequel of the rebooted series, this is actually the 12th film in the Star Trek franchise.
  • As with the 2009 reboot, the creative team - director J.J. Abrams and writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof - will be quite familiar to fans of Lost.
  • Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Anton Yelchin reprise their roles aboard the Enterprise. Alice Eve, Peter Weller, and Benedict Cumberbatch (AKA Sherlock!) round out the ensemble cast.
  • Captain Kirk and his crew continue their adventures with Starfleet, the peace-keeping armada of the United Federation of Planets. When a brilliant Starfleet officer goes rogue, the Enterprise crew must find and neutralize the threat before he can cause more harm. However, Kirk and Spock soon discover that they have become unwittingly entangled in a plot with a much graver endgame.

Outfits Inspired by Star Trek XII

Although the crew still wears the classic blue, red, and gold outfits from the 2009 movie, they also showed off several new uniforms in Into Darkness. Follow the Prime Directive of fashion and boldly wear what you haven’t worn before!

It’s My Landing Party (And I’ll Cry If I Want To)

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(Wet)Suit up! In the opening scenes of the film, Kirk and company are on an observation mission that quickly goes awry. In the process, they’re forced to take a quick underwater jaunt. The cool holographic Starfleet wetsuits they wear don’t leave much to the imagination, but they’re sleek and beautifully designed. (I’m a proponent of movie characters changing costumes every five minutes or so…who cares if it’s not realistic? Movies are supposed to be escapism!)

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While you could show up to class in a shiny skintight unitard, you’d probably field some inquisitive looks. Try out the holographic trend in a more subtle way with an iridescent top that recalls the Enterprise dive suits and snazzy chrome oxfords. Tone down all the shiny with a pair of simple black jeans. Mirrored sunglasses are big this spring (plus they’re suitably futuristic for a Trek-inspired outfit!). Follow Uhura’s lead and try out chic winged eyeliner and a high sock bun for a look that’s out of this world!

Science Officer Blues

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Dr. Carol Marcus, played by Alice Eve, is a physicist with a specialty in advanced weaponry. She’s whip-smart and highly determined; when her father, Admiral Marcus, the head of Starfleet command, denies her access to a set of stealth photon torpedoes, she manages to get on board the Enterprise to examine them. In the process, her loyalties are tested and her intellect is challenged, but she stands her ground.

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While I might be biased (I’m a science major), I’ve always liked the blue science uniforms the best. Try out this modern spin on science blue! A sleek gray top evokes the streamlined Starfleet flight suits. In a rich cobalt hue, either a pencil skirt or a chic pair of trousers will put a more modern spin on a classic silhouette, while referencing the color assigned to Starfleet scientists.

The iPad is said to be inspired by the data PADDs used in the original Star Trek television series, so a cool galaxy case is a perfect homage to the Trek franchise. Glittery nail polish in the aptly named “Across the Universe” is a fun touch. Remember: smart is always sexy!

Klingon The Night

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When Kirk, Spock, and Uhura are forced to beam upon the Klingon homeworld Qo’noS in search of a rogue Starfleet officer, they must go undercover as civilians, as the discovery of Federation presence on a Klingon planet could lead to all out war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. Kirk orders the landing party to wear casual clothing, which seems to consist of sweet leather jackets that wouldn’t look out of place in a Rick Owens or AllSaints Spitalfields display. If this is casual Friday attire in 23rd century Earth, someone send me to the future now please!

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You don’t need to speak Klingon to get Uhura’s tough-girl style! Pair your favorite worn in tee with a slouchy motorcycle jacket and a knotted bandage skirt in a neutral color.  Studded ankle boots add to the I’m-a-badass-Starfleet-officer-in-disguise vibe (A specific description, yes. But also awesome.) Slip on a Starfleet pendant for a subtle reference to the fandom.

Test drive a cool nail polish trend with a top coat that will give your nails a leather effect.  Finally, sling a quilted faux leather backpack over your shoulder for a look that’ll leave even Klingons envious!

(Okay, guys, spoiler alert!!)

Khan You Feel The Love Tonight?

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it Sherlock? No – it’s Khan, a genetically engineered superhuman who’s sworn revenge upon all of Starfleet.

The villain, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (yes, of Sherlock fame), initially identifies himself as Starfleet officer John Harrison. However, it’s quickly revealed that he is, in fact, Khan Noonien Singh, a 300-year-old cryogenically preserved former tyrant who was Kirk’s arch-nemesis in the original series. Ruthless, brilliant, and nigh unstoppable, Khan proves to be a formidable foe for the U.S.S. Enterprise.

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For someone who’s just spent 300 years in a deep freeze, Khan looks pretty snazzy: he goes the typical villain sartorial route with a long, sweeping black coat, but he does it with panache. His look is monochromatic but interesting due to the distinctive silhouette and incorporation of several different textures. Emulate this iconic villain (trust me, his style’s more enviable than that of Ricardo Montalban, the original Khan actor) with a mesh crop top paired with high-waisted black jeans.

This wrap coat might not be as dramatic as Khan’s, but the unique shape will make you stand out in a crowd. Finish off with tough motorcycle boots, sleek chevron earrings, and a textured navy scarf (shoutout to Benedict’s other famous role!). A coat of blood-colored nail polish serves as a reference to Khan’s super-charged genetically-engineered physiology.

What Did You Think?

Would you wear these outfits? Did you like Star Trek Into Darkness? Do you think it lived up to the first movie? Did you cringe at my puns? What other geeky inspirations would you like to see ? (Next time, we’ll run and remember with the Doctor’s newest companion!) As always, let me know in the comments!

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28 Responses to “Geek Chic: Fashion Inspired by Star Trek Into Darkness”

  1. 1
    May 30th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    These looks are so futuristic, love it

    Love from jamaica

  2. 2
    May 30th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Loving the Khan and Klingon outfits and the top for Marcus :) Haven’t seen the movie yet but this has made me even more excited for when I do!

    Also I know this has been asked loads before but please please please can we have a Criminal Minds Geek Chic post? Loads of the characters have very cool and distinct styles and I think it would make an excellent topic for Geek Chic.

  3. 3
    May 30th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I second the shout for a criminal minds post!

  4. 4
    May 30th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    “Trust me, his style’s more enviable than that of Ricardo Montalban, the original Khan actor”

    Ha! Agreed. I doubt if even Benedict could have pulled off that look. Loved the article!

  5. 5
    May 30th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Great outfits! Qapla’!

  6. 6
    May 30th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    AWESOME article! :D

  7. 7
    May 30th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Into Darkness was such a good film, and these outfits are all something that I think I’d be happy wearing! The sequinned top from the top one is especially nice, and the chevron earrings from the bottom are interesting. I definitely agree about the landing party clothes – I too thought they looked like they were walking out of an All Saints advert! Also, I’d be perfect content in the outfits. Not sure I’ll ever be on board with the mustard uniforms on deck though…


  8. 8
    May 30th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Criminal Minds is a MUST!!!

  9. 9
    May 30th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    “Is it Sherlock?” ???? My goodness, I laughed so hard!

  10. 10
    May 30th, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    The question marks were supposed to be an emoji, sorry!

  11. 11
    May 30th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I’m super excited about seeing this movie! I don’t know if I’d quite wear these outfits (I like them–just not my style) but I definitely want something galaxy printed to wear!

  12. 12
    May 30th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Love it! Can we have one on Hannibal next? :L

  13. 13
    May 30th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Love the Khan outfit! (Mainly just because I love Benedict Cumberbatch)! SHERLOCK FOR THE WIN! (Seriously though can we have a Sherlock inspired post?)

  14. 14
    May 31st, 2013 at 12:17 am

    In the third outfit, the link for the boots didn’t seem to work for me. I actually have a VERY similar pair from Target (Mossimo) so here’s another option just in case someone else ran into the same issue :)

    Great outfits. Loved this movie too!

  15. 15
    May 31st, 2013 at 6:20 am

    It would be really cool if you could make a “fashion inspired by” of fast and furious :)

  16. 16
    May 31st, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    @Chelsea: We did a Sherlock post last year! Check it out: Fashion Inspired by BBC’s Sherlock :)

  17. 17
    May 31st, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    @ Evanna, Mary, Rachel, Laura: I haven’t watched Hannibal or Criminal Minds yet, but I’ll definitely add them to my list of new shows to marathon this summer!

  18. 18
    May 31st, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Great outfit! Thank you for the info.

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    May 31st, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    ooh i love the wet suit outfit, and the khan look–that scarf is a nice subtle way of echoing the cowl of harrison’s qo’nos coat! (seriously, i just want uhura’s weapons dealer outfit. please. it’s so great.) the look from this newest movie that i’m really looking forward to replicating is scotty’s clubbing outfit ;)

    (you should definitely watch hannibal… just not alone! the cinematography is gorgeous, the dramatic irony is ridiculously compelling, and a bunch of the characters have distinct personal style that would translate well for one of your posts.)

  20. 20
    June 1st, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Not a fan of the new girl, she served no purpose. Then got half-naked for no reason. I will always love the originals but the outfits are nice.

  21. 21
    June 1st, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I LOVE the geek chic column, and you nailed this post! I haven’t seen this Star Trek yet, but I can’t wait… I love Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch.

    You’re going to love Criminal Minds, and I agree that it would be a great topic for this column! I would also LOVE to see a post based on Merlin, if you’ve seen that!

  22. 22
    June 2nd, 2013 at 3:00 am

    I’m such a geek! These are such great outfits, especially love the klingon the night outfit! Thanks for sharing!

  23. 23
    June 12th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    I started watching Star Trek because I heard this new movie was coming out, and I’m really glad I did ahaha. I’m in love with every single one of the characters.
    The third outfit is my favorite; I think I would wear everything up there. I really love the nail polish, too. It’s such a cool idea!

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