Look Like This!: TRON: Legacy

[Stephen K has a lifestyle blog and co-authors a fashion advice twitter that never gets updated. In this column, he will tell you how to get the hottest looks of today.]

Nothing says the holidays like lasers, lasercycles, and CGI renderings of a dystopian videogame virtual reality, so it’s no wonder that the crisp, winter air is electric with anticipation for the opening of Tron: Legacy this week! The breathtaking visuals and expensive futurism of the film is filling the Fashiongum staff with a shit ton of craft project and outfit ideas! And with high-end ultra-hip downtown retailer Opening Ceremony collaborating with the makers of the movie on an ultra-haute, ultra-exclusive line of limited edition clothing to coincide with the movie’s release, you know that other chic laser-tag-istas everywhere will be taking trendspiration from Tron: Legacy’s cold, neon computer generated aesthetic, even if that aesthetic is more or less that of a candy raver rolling in a dorm room equipped with a blacklight with a glow-in-the-dark pacifier hanging round her neck debating the relative merits of Goa Trance over Happy House. So thank the fucking lord for miserable you that we’re here to give you the style advice you need to make sure you don’t miss out. We’re here to take you into the net, discover the father you never knew, and get you looking like tomorrow, today!


One easy way to get inspired by Tron: Legacy is to not be inspired at all and just buy officially licensed clothing from one of the movie’s many merchandising partners. The priciest (and therefore cutest!) is the Opening Ceremony collaboration. The capsule collection is a subtle take on the visual cues of the movie, combined with the boutique’s signature “skinny Asian girl/guy with studied disheveled hair/clothes who reads thick, expensive, imported fashion magazines with lots of artful full frontal nudity and likes to occasionally drop references to Dave Hickey’s “Air Guitar” but likes to more frequently mention watching “Teen Mom” in a bid to appear to have high-low interests and perhaps studied Architecture or Graphic Design or Curatorial Science at Wesleyan or RISD but really wants to start a jewelry line” style.

For the ladies, this translates to these gorgeous terrible aquasocks with heels.

Though there is no water inside the Grid, it is still important to lift yourself above any potential floods and cover your foot in unbreathable neoprene. At only $395, these stunning monstrosities are sturdy enough for you to center yourself while brandishing your laser-chakram against those who wish to do you harm in the cyber-world, but aggressively ugly enough to go so against accepted societal mores that the simple act of wearing them signals your inherent disdain for and superiority over the unfashionable masses and attract the attention of midget street style bloggers on your way to the Bruce High Quality party at Art Basel Miami.

If, unlike us, you’re on some sort of budget (Did you try asking your parents for some help on rent? They’re usually really great about stuff like that!), these light-up lucite platform heels give off a majorly kicky Tronsvestite vibe for a quarter of the price! Available up to a size 12 for some reason! Pair them with a simple and classic LBCWBLVP (Little Black Catsuit With Black Light Visible Piping) and some great understated statement jewelry like this fantastic brooch, and you’ll be the only space hooker with a heart of moon-gold future Richard Gere will see. Otherwise, Big Mistake! Huge! Huge mistake!

Another great accessory on offer in this capsule collection is the reissue of Threeasfour’s, nee As Four’s, iconic (and only) design, the circle bag.

A clever and playful take on the laser frolf disc featured prominently in the movie, the bag, when worn, provides the look of having punched a smiley face with such force as to affix the offending visage to your shoulder. Fuck you, smiley face! At $575, it’s a timeless, enduring classic that will look the same amount of non-ridiculous in 20 years as it does today! As an affordable alternative that will achieve a similar effect for a fraction of the price, try this!

If these looks are too subtle for you, this minimalist black shirt captures the meticulously imagined and created digital world of the Grid, vividly rendered in the film as gorgeous expanses of dark set off by high-contrast orthogonal beams of light in incredible blues and oranges, in a direct and succinct visual message:

And if that, too, is too understated, there’s always that epitome of quiet sophistication that’s haute at any age:body paint.

We hope that these great tips and helpful hints have gotten you on the road to a future of expensive clothing purchases and potential exploration of cybernetic prosthetic limbs. And don’t worry, when that black light is shining down on all of your gorgeous new gear, no one will be able to tell you’re deep in a k-hole. Do androids dress up electric chic? YOU BET THEY DO!