{trendspotting: steampunk}


So, I've been noticing this trend lately in both fashion and home decor that is inspired by Steampunk

"Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction characterized by a setting in which steam power predominates as the energy source for high, industrial technologies, especially inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century."

Wiki provides a very dry definition of this genre that has influenced everything from fashion, home decor, movies, and literature. However, Annie of Insideology shares a much more beautiful and romantic definition in this post (she is also a far better, more eloquent writer).

Restoration Hardware seems to have this genre covered in the home decor area, and Marc Jacobs actually rolled out a steam engine during the Louis Vuitton Fall 2012 runway show to present his Steampunk inspired collection. Oh, and lest we forget Prada's Fall 2012 menswear collection, which had heavy notes of Steampunk and starred Gary Oldman*, among other actors.

So, what say you? Are you on board? If you don't know what you're going to be for Halloween yet, I'm thinking this genre would make a very cool and smart costume. (And, all of a sudden, I really want a pair of round sunglasses.)


image source: Louis Vuitton Fall 2012 ad campaign photographed by Steven Meisel via FGR / Louis Vuitton Fall 2012 RTW runway show via Style.com / Bedroom and bar cart via Restoration Hardware

*That ones for you, Erin!

13 Send Me Your Thoughts:

  1. I have to say this is the most elegant I've ever seen steampunk look- nicely done!

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  2. Oh really T you’re too kind. I have noticed Steam Punk too, most spectacularly in the Paralympics closing ceremony. I was going to say I’m not much of a fan but those photos are stunning, both the interiors and the Louis Vuitton. Those colours *runs off to pin….* and I love all that metal furniture even though it’s not my sort of thing at all. Don’t you wonder where these trends start? Like, who was the first person to decide to reinvent it? The Paralympics must have been in planning for ages but wonder where they got the idea from or whether they were the first to re-use it? It all reminds me of Mad Max J I’d quite like some of those round glasses too… and what I would give to live a life where those clothes were appropriate. Those hats are to die for x  (love the GO reference!) x PS your site is looking very nice at the moment.

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  3. Thank you for the explanation.  I've been meaning to seek the definition because a significant amount of vintage items I've been seeking out on Ebay and Etsy have "Steampunk" in their descriptions.  It seems like overnight the word has become very common.

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  4. I wish I could adequately capture how big the smile is on my face just from the mere mention of that Prada campaign! When I started reading your post it immediately popped into my head, and since great minds think alike, of course you gave it a shout out! Steampunk is really having a moment, isn't it? I adore it. There's something fantastical and theatrical about it. Given that I'm a total wuss when it comes to dressing in anything other than plain & simple black/neutrals, I'd be more inclined to incorporate it into my home. Restoration Hardware....sigh, is there nothing they can't do?? Also, Steven Meisel is a genius. xoxo

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  5. well, in the classroom, i totally missed this trend, so thank you, t!  it looks interesting and historical and cool.  happy wednesday!

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  6. i love the theatrical element of steampunk, and these images are divine eye candy xx

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  7. It's great how whenever I read trendwatch forecasts they come up with new concoction words like 'steampunk'.

    This one is yet another interesting one. Not one to follow trends I often just dip in and out. You chose some lovely images T.

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  8. Christine DinsmoreOctober 18, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    i like a touch of steampunk, a little accessory here or there. i have always like a mix of hard and soft, i think it tell the full story of who we are in our clothing, we had different sides. i am from portland and i always feel proud when people talk about restoration hardware . . . i remember it when ; )

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  9. Did you see the house that Rooth featured recently that looked as if it had been entirely kitted out by Restoration Hardware. Steampunk gone overboard. I love it in bits and pieces, but not in full, perhaps. Like Christine, as accessory. A pop. You've done my favorite version of it so far.

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  10. I am ALL about steampunk - in fact, if you want some steampunk books to read, I've got a couple really good ones :)

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  11. I love a touch of steampunk in accents around the home, living in all metal furnishings would feel too cold for me. Those glasses remind me of the ones Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes) was wearing back in the 90ies. Maybe she was an early trendsetter for steampunk ;)

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  12. i never knew about steampunk! now i know ;)
    i love restoration hardware! i wish i could decorate every party of my place with their stuff! 

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