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A short time ago in a neighborhood far, far away (seriously, the lack of subways in West Chelsea, though), fierce looks and famous faces cut through the city's fog and drizzle to let us know that the force — to dress like our new favorite movie characters, that is — is with us. Lupita Nyong'o, John Boyega, and Daisy Ridley were on hand last night to celebrate the debut of twelve ready-to-wear outfits inspired by characters in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which today are making their way to the Bloomingdale's flagship windows. Our inner nerds were jumping for joy — we may or may not have slow-walked down the venue's red-lit staircase to the tune of "The Imperial March."
All the looks were illuminated in lit frames, suspended from the ceiling and rotating for full view. Rag & Bone took inspiration from the dark and shrouded Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the ethereal toughness of Rey (Daisy Ridley) with two hooded looks. The stark white and orderly Stormtroopers were represented with a more literal look from Opening Ceremony, plus a full-length coat style from Ovadia & Sons.
Timo Weiland gave Finn (John Boyega) a neat suede jacket and Halston did an evening gown version of Kylo Ren's aesthetic, complete with a headpiece. Diane Von Furstenberg's sheer gown take on Rey included the old-school gold bangles known from a certain Leia costume. But it was Captain Phasma (a character we have yet to know as well that's played by Gwendolyn Christie) who had the most striking looks, including a long print gown by Giles and a crowd-pleasing bedazzled jumpsuit by Parker that's reminiscent of beloved metal droid C3PO.
Chewbacca, our rather tall and hairy Wookiee companion, had two fashion interpretations: one long peacoat by Billy Reid and a furrier coat by Todd Snyder. Droids were accounted for as well, with a mini BB-8 model fashioned by Kay Jewelers and white separates by Cynthia Rowley.
Elsewhere at the event, Covergirl's Star Wars line of lip shades were up for grabs in the women's restroom as well. Two stormtroopers decked out in full costume had a line wrapped around the room for photos. Focus remained on the clothes until the arrival of three of the film's young stars, especially since Nyong'o wore a Zac Posen dress lit with changing LED lights — it's a collaboration with Google to inspire young girls by linking between fashion and computer science. The three stars caused a semi-frenzy within minutes, and exited the building to even more fervent fans hoping for signatures.
Stop by Bloomingdale's (or peek at the gallery above) to check out the looks while you still can — they're being auctioned off to raise money for the Child Mind Institute on behalf of the film's charitable initiative Star Wars: Force for Change.