To be a fashionable geek is usually a contradiction of terms, but Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin and Bill Nye (“the Science Guy”) pulled it off during New York Men’s Fashion Week.
The 87-year-old former astronaut teamed up with the bowtie-wearing educator and TV personality to show off space-shiny duds designed by Nick Graham.
Nye, who got his start on TV as a geeky experimenter on KING-TV’s “Almost Live” late-night show, doubled as the announcer for this week’s runway outing, titled “Life on Mars: Fall-Winter 2035.”
Nye wore a silver-and-charcoal suit featuring a Saturn print, while Aldrin showed off a shiny metallic bomber jacket, worn over a black and silver version of his trademark “Get Your Ass to Mars” T-shirt.
The show marked a remarkable comeback for Aldrin, who suffered respiratory problems last month during a trip to Antarctica. At the show, Aldrin talked about the importance of exploration – and referred to comments that President Donald Trump made about space spending during the campaign.
“I think I have to tell the president that exploration inspires more than fixing potholes,” he said.
— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) January 31, 2017
Someone said "science never looked cooler" – what do you think? pic.twitter.com/ukfbEOHl9H
— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) February 1, 2017
The next couple of years will be big ones for Aldrin, climaxing with the golden anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 2019. So it’s good to hear that Graham plans to keep the moonwalker in fashion.
“‘I have already made some pieces for him to wear … to the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Apollo missions,” the designer told The Daily Mail.