The year 2001 has come and gone, and
Stanley Kubrick‘s apocalyptic vision of space travel has yet to surface. But HAL 9000 need not to be a reality to be a style icon; fashion has already started to turn futuristic with slick hair, laser-cut and 3-D printed designs, and improbably high heels. Get ready to spring ahead with these images from W‘s archives, which offer style tips for working a Transformers suit, gravity-defying hair, or a silver visor. Cyborg chic works best in pairs. “Power Play” photographed by Paolo Roversi, styled by Giovanna Battaglia; W magazine September 2012. A space-age, translucent rain coat elevates any futuristic look. “City Slickers,” photographed by Craig McDean, styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé; W magazine June 2012. Gravity-defying hair lets everyone know that you hail from another planet. “Warrior Stance,” photographed by Steven Klein, styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine March 2014. Alien head gear protects locks from the otherworldly elements. “Apocalypse Wow,” photographed by Peter Lindbergh, styled by Sarah Richardson; W magazine March 2015. High collars and sleek silhouettes take a cue from Star Trek. “East of Eden,” photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine March 2013. With zeroes and ones, binary code, and monochromatic white suits, 2001: A Space Odyssey is the style reference du jour. “Lost in Cyberspace,” photographed by Steven Meisel, styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé; W magazine March 2014. The future might not be so sleek after all; bulging silhouettes and vibrant colors take off. “Living Large,” photographed by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine September 2012. And Iron Man might not be such an outlandish vision after all; robotics and cyborg-inspired looks are poised to take over. “Jason Wu’s Hugo Boss,” photographed by Steven Klein, styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine July 2014. Really, all you need to pull off the futuristic look is a tech-inspired starry background. “Warrior Stance,” photographed by Steven Klein, styled by Edward Enninful; W magazine March 2014.