On The Styled Side: The Force is Strong With L.A. Fashion

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The force is strong with these LA fashion stores

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit movie theaters across the nation Friday night and a constellation of fashion offerings is coming along with it.

Think: Princess Leia ankle boots, Obi-Wan hoodies and whole Hoth inspired ensembles.

Michelle Dalton Tyree from Fashion Trends Daily checked out the latest looks from a galaxy far, far away.


Rag & Bone Star Wars collection

Merchandising has always been a big deal for the Star Wars franchise, but now it’s going into hyperdrive.

“To get a sense of the enormity of sales in this industry, here’s a number: $118 billion,” says Tyree. “That’s how much the licensing experts at the firm LIMA say came from entertainment/character licensing sales in 2016. And they said Star Wars is the largest franchise in the business. It’s truly a force to reckoned with.”


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This time around, one of the biggest fashion collabs with the movie has been with designer brand Rag & Bone. It’s known for edgy urban essentials, like cool denim and leather jackets.

Tyree headed down to Rag & Bone in West Hollywood and shared some of the cool stuff they had to offer:

“There were T-shirts, but only a few left because most of them sold out in minutes. Some had Aurebesh — the Star Wars language – on them and included little-hidden secrets for super fans on the hang tags. If you could translate Aurebesh, it took you to a secret fan website.”

But Rag & Bone released a new stock of these T-shirts Friday morning, which you can check it out at its website.

On the more luxurious side, there was a Hoth-inspired ensemble.

“It’s a a nod to Princess Leia’s look from The Empire Strikes Back when she was on the Planet Hoth,” she says. “If you remember she had a posh, monochromatic, creamy ensemble. The store manager said there were people who stood in line and bought the look head-to-toe the morning the collection debuted so they could wear to the L.A. premiere.”


  • For women & girls, there’s the Clarks’ x Star Wars “Force of Nature” collection. The hot item is the Rey bootie, which is a high-top sneaker-hiking boot hybrid that works well on both the deserts of Jakku or hiking Runyon. And there’s a little emblem on the heel symbolizing the resistance.
  • Columbia also harkened back to Empire Strikes Back and collaborated with Harrison Ford on an über-limited run of parkas, only available in select Columbia stores. Each jacket is hand-signed by Ford.
  • Beauty is a big category. We’ve seen companies from Storybook Cosmetics to Cargo creating make-up palettes inspired by the Dark and Light sides.

May the force be with you!

Fashion Trends Daily founder Michelle Dalton Tyree is on NPR station KPCC! 

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Author:Michelle Dalton Tyree

Fashion Trends Daily is the brainchild of Michelle Dalton Tyree. She is the former West Coast Retail Editor for Women’s Wear Daily, Fashion Editor for The Japan Times, and founder of former L.A. luxury boutique Iconology. Michelle is frequently quoted about fashion retail trends in major media outlets such as NPR, KPCC, The Inside Source and the New York Times. She has developed content for many luxury brands and retailers and has written for Allure, Worth Global Style Network, Footwear News and other media outlets.