Fashion’s been super into outer space of late. Remember Chanel’s Fall 2017 show with the giant rocket that blasted off inside Paris’ Grand Palais? And just last week, Gucci released its full Fall 2017 campaign, which, lensed by Glen Luchford, features retro aliens wearing the house’s quirky-cum-decadent duds. Sure, it all seems like Instagram-friendly escapism at first glance, but could these two mega-brands be hinting at something bigger?
We ask because today—just one week after the debut of Gucci’s alien invasion—a NASA job posting for a new planetary protection officer is trending. Yes, you read that correctly. NASA is looking for someone to protect Earth from aliens. Well, technically we need to be protected from alien microbes (i.e., microscopic organisms). Okay, fine, the job description isn’t quite as exciting as the job title might lead one to believe, but the gig does come with “secret” security clearance, and that’s not nothing. The officer is also tasked with ensuring that reckless Earthlings don’t contaminate other planets with their terrestrial germs while exploring space, which makes us wonder, did Gucci travel to a galaxy far, far away to shoot its latest campaign? If so, did the brand infect an entire alien population with camp-tastic chic? And is Karl Lagerfeld planning to hold Chanel’s next destination show on a distant planet? Was Fall 2017’s launch just a test run? Do aliens like tweed? We have so many questions, but one thing is certain: Neil deGrasse Tyson is long overdue for a runway cameo.