All the major French fashion houses have chosen dazzling futuristic locales for their cruise collection showings this year: first Chanel showed at the ultra-modern Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, then Louis Vuitton chose the satellite-esque Bob Hope house in Palm Springs for today's presentation and next up, Dior will show their Resort collection at the equally bizarre Palais Bulles - that's Bubble Palace - on the banks of the French Riviera - a sprawling orange construction that looks like it landed straight out of an '80s sci-fi film set.

Calling all space cadets: this is fashion's new obsession

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Why the sudden obsession with out-of-this-world architecture? Because just like Luke Skywalker, the time-old fashion houses are on a mission: to make their brands relevant to an increasingly young and tech-savvy market. And what better way to cement their relevance than with fabulously futuristic show locations?

Calling all space cadets: this is fashion's new obsession

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Fancy living out your Stars Wars fantasy? The Bob Hope home (top image) has been on the market since 2013 and it's now 50% off - after two years and no bites, the asking price has been dropped to US$25 million. Bargain.

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