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How Back to the Future Part II predicted modern fashion

Marty McFly in Back to the Future II
Marty McFly in Back to the Future II. Photograph: Allstar/Universal

Here is Marty McFly on a hoverboard, looking totally 21 October 2015.

OK, he’s wearing a self-drying jacket, auto lace-up trainers and jeans with the pockets pulled out – not precisely what those of us who inhabit this strange future land have in our wardrobes – but in many ways, he could hardly look more mid-twenty-teens.

A model presents Calvin Klein’s bomber jacket-centric autumn/winter 2015 collection.
A model wears Calvin Klein’s bomber jacket-centric autumn/winter 2015 collection. Photograph: Tullio M Puglia/Getty Images

The jacket is particularly prescient. Thanks in no small part to Ryan Gosling in Drive, bombers have become the calling card of the fashion-aware male; the sweet spot where post-One Direction Zayn Malik and post-Zayn Malik One Direction meet. McFly’s version comes with what amounts to an inbuilt hairdryer, which is very wearable tech indeed.

Marty mcFly’s shoes from Back to the Future Part 2
Marty McFly’s shoes from Back to the Future Part II

The shoes spookily predict one of the year’s biggest fashion launches: Kanye West’s squidgy grey Yeezy Boost trainers. As has been noted, the hoverboard that these shoes rest on could easily be a Swegway, the recently banned two-wheeled balance board that has become the transport punchline of 2015.

Adidas Originals Yeezy Boost
Adidas Originals Yeezy Boost Photograph: Adidas

While inside-out jeans have yet to catch on, visible pockets that flap in the breeze have become worryingly prevalent in the Instagram age. These days, tiny cutoff shorts that display inches of inner pocket are central to the beach wardrobes of the sort of holidaymakers who turn their backs to the sunset in order to pose in front of it with a selfie stick.

All of which suggests that either there was a sartorial soothsayer in the costume department of Back to the Future Part II – or fashion has barely moved on since 1989.