Trends. Shining in Neon.

April 16, 2008 • Fashion

Identifying neon as a spring trend is something any casual follower of fashion could do. But to see the wide breadth of the brightly-hued movement, you’d have to take a look at advertising, hip-hop, and hipsters. Early this year, Marc Jacobs made the queen of neon, alternative hip-hop artist M.I.A. (Maya Arulpragasam), the star of his ad-campaign alongside the posh Victoria Beckham. By doing so, he cemented the wild, graffiti-inspired style of the brash and hugely creative Sri Lankan as an upcoming American trend worthy of observation.


M.I.A.’s current album cover, demonstrating her bright personal style.

At home in Chicago, neon seems to surface most in the hipster-chic cliques, where it lights up dark clubs and bars downtown. The colorful wear (and the late-night antics of its wearers) is documented by Chicago photographer Clayton Hauck and displayed to the daytime world on his blog, The clothes are sometimes outlandish but can always be used as a simple starting place for your own looks. Bold blocks of color or stand-out graphics are a trend easily worked into the high-end or low-price area of your wardrobe this season. Just make sure you choose the hue that works for you. Neon yellow is just hard to pull off, no matter how good your tan got on your spring vacation.


Emilio Pucci Casino Print Marilyn Dress $1,380


Jean Paul Gaultier Printed Crochet Top $820


Y-3 Wool Blazer $389

– Hayley Wells

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2 Responses to Trends. Shining in Neon.

  1. J Abbott says:

    Wonderful trend – The Grand M is all about neon for spring!

  2. shoeaholic says:

    I guess I would wear neon (and crochet for that matter!) – love the Gaultier top!

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