Beauty in gardens and garments

Futuristic styles stand out among the latest trends this season, but they are not your run-of-the-mill futuristic fashions. This spring, designers have fused the ’60s and the future to create looks reminiscent of the television series “Lost in Space.”

Designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Lanvin and Balenciaga have managed to jumpstart this trend with clothing that probably would not have been seen for at least 20 or 30 years.

Sleek metallics, robot-looking clothing, intense neons and up hairdos make this spring seem like the world has somehow fast-forwarded to 2037.

“I think what inspired designers to creating real futuristic and robotic-looking clothing comes from going back to what everyone thought the 2000s were going to be like,” said Brandon Stewart, a 23-year-old senior psychology student from Columbus, Ga. “It’s like they (designers) are bringing the future into the modern world.”

Designers from Lanvin have created cocktail dresses so refined they are almost uniform-like. These dresses come in simple, yet fun silhouettes with empire-waist lines. In colors like hot pink and silver, these are sure to be a wardrobe staple this spring.

Britney Nealy, a 21-year-old junior health care management student from Deland, said bright-colored clothing will not be something she embraces this fashion season.

“It is just too out there for me,” Nealy said. “I think that whole fad will be over with real soon anyway.”

Dolce & Gabbana was one of the design houses that employed an extensive use of metallics. In their spring line, they even included a robo-looking metal bustier dress. While metallics may be all the rage on the runways, some Rattlers seem to think this fad is nothing new.

“Ladies have been wearing metallics for awhile now-it’s getting so played out,” Stewart said.

Stewart did agree that the bright neon shades are an exciting trend this spring.

According to, designers like Jil Sander and Balenciaga both decided on slick and simple hair pulled back into a ponytail. While Balenciaga opted to finish the look with tinted sleek-framed eye wear, Jil Sadner used makeup that contoured the face to enhance the cheekbones and create a look that screamed “Meet George Jetson!”

Even Lanvin and Gucci took part in the parade of sleek hair this season by having their models wear their hair slicked back in high ponytails that had some bounce. Models came down the runways of Paris and New York looking almost like Robo-Barbies.

To achieve this look, women should look for cocktail dresses in neon hues that compliment your skin tone. Ladies with darker skin tones should stick to cyan or bright green while ladies with light or fair skin should look for hot pinks, oranges and yellows.

The color of the dress alone will make these women stand out, so make sure not to overdo it when you accessorize. Keep it simple – try out a pair of stud earrings, keep your neck naked, carry a small metallic clutch and wear a pair of simple metallic heels.

Complete the look by pulling all hair back with a headband, wearing it in a low ponytail or down in loose curls.

The futuristic trend is a tricky one. If it’s overdone, women can end up looking like they are going trick-or-treating when on your way to the mall. Simplicity is the key. If you are about to step out of your humble abode and have any doubt that you might look like a futuristic mess, rethink your wardrobe.