Carey Mulligan, Ellie Goulding, And Alexa Chung See Stars

Carey Mulligan at the Toronto International Film Festival, Ellie Goulding at Best Buy in NYC, Alexa Chung at the 2011 NME Awards.
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Stars, guys. They are nothing like us, gaseous and burning billions of light years away. (We mean the celestial balls of light…not celebrities, of course.) The galaxy, with its multitude of colors and psychedelics is perfect sartorial inspiration—dark but not black, eye-catching but not garish. After Christopher Kane got galaxial for his 2011 resort collection (which has been worn by everyone from Anne Hathaway to Carey Mulligan, above), seeing stars on the red carpet has gotten easier than seeing stars on the red carpet.

Carey’s Christopher Kane gown is elegant but not dowdy; the full-bodied skirt and high neck are complemented by the fun, spaced-out print. (Also, any shoes work because the dress itself literally has EVERY color in the spectrum emblazoned on the fabric.) Then Ellie Goulding showed up to her Best Buy performance in a Topshop high-button capelet/blouse that’s borrowed straight from NASA for a supernova that is more beautiful than any paisley or plaid or print we’ve ever seen. And Britain’s it-girl Alexa Chung has been spotted out in Kane’s resort collection loads of times, but this leather bustier dress is one of our favorites, simply because it is so space-age mod. The stolen-from-satellites star print is both fun and thoughtful; accordingly, we’ve picked our favorite starry-eyed looks below.

ASOS body-conscious dress in digital space print, $37. Peter Pilotto For Kipling USA, Anthos drawstring shoulder bag, $97. Jeffrey Campbell Orbit 2, $155. Torn Rachel dress, $125. Volcom skimpy bikini in Space Stain, $40 and $38.
Photo: ASOS, Kipling USA, SoleStruck, MyTheresa, Volcom.

A body-con dress by ASOS is given a new life with a crazy nebula, which is bright but not overwhelming. The busy print looks dramatic on the fitted, simple shape.

Peter Pilotto, one of the designers who does the cosmic print best, teamed up with American bag staple Kipling to make slightly retro packs with an timeless (and ageless…back to school AND office-ready!) bags that we are currently fighting over.

This office is fiercely loyal to their Jeffrey Campbells, and the pink-hued Orbit wedge is a current fave. Not only is the lace-up platform probably not foot-killing, but the unique astro print will totally stick out in the sea of black wedges.

More understated is this Torn By Ronny Kobo shift dress that doesn’t look to quasars and big bands, but to the muted tones of DEEP SPACE. (We think. We’ve never been there.) A perfect day-to-night option.

Even if bikini-buying season is over, this Volcom bathing suit is fun and works the trend perfectly—the blended color of the top and bottom is way more subtle than over-used florals, but still stands out against solid bikinis.

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