My story on the popularity of neon and pastel colors is finally up on the Huffington Post. Twenty fashion bloggers graciously contributed their photos to a slideshow, so please go there and leave those wimmins some comments.
I had hoped to publish this story last month, but, as you’ll see, I decided I had to interview various experts to get some historical perspective and style advice. It took me a while to arrange the interviews, then I had to do the mandatory procrastinating, yada yada yada. I was particularly glad to speak to Allure magazine creative director Paul Cavaco, who was one of the founders of the fashion public-relations powerhouse now known as KCD (formerly Keeble Cavaco & Duka), which I wrote about recently. He was as nice as pie and said such smart things about the fashion industry. I’ll be using more of his interview in another story.
Cavaco helped lauch DayGlo-loving Stephen Sprouse‘s signature line. Sprouse was one of the first designers I was ever aware of, and — even if I couldn’t afford his high-end work — I needed to get my hands on neon. You can see how much it my neon-pink Guess top meant to me this photo was taken on the first day of school of my senior year of high school in 1984. You have to wear your best stuff on the first day!
I’m wearing Guess jeans too — the ones with the ankle zip. I’m not sure about the jacket. I look like I have a DayGlo-orange tan in that picture, but it was a fluke of lighting, I swear. I remember being mystified by the skin tone back when I first saw the photo.
My love affair with neon has continued through the years. This neon-trimmed dress that I wore in 1991 was from Ann Taylor. I can’t remember where the almost-matching neon-pink shoes were from but I was obviously proud of them.
Between 2000 and 2005, I got several neon pieces from Versace. I’m still wearing those.
I believe my neon-yellow Dolce & Gabbana shoes are from the early 2000s.
I seem to recall first wearing this Yves Saint Laurent skirt in 2003.
I bought this vintage Ungaro several years ago from my friend Evan at Frock. Click on the photo to read a story about a conversation it led to.
And, of course I have a mini collection of vintage Sprouse, all acquired as vintage in the past decade. (And I have mini photos to match for some reason! Sorry!) The only Sprouse piece I owned in the ’80s was a white blazer that is long gone.
I have a couple of new neon-pink pieces too, but you’ll have to wait till I wear them to see photos. After seeing all the neon I’ve collected over the years, I’m amazed that I spend most days in black and denim. And, yes, I do fit nearly everything in my not-very-huge closets. People always ask me that! I only keep evening gowns in storage. They take up too much room and are worn too rarely to keep at home.
I’ve always gravitated towards brights so I don’t have many examples of pastels to share. For those you’ll have to check out the ladies on the Huffington Post.