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Thursday 18 September 2014

The brights of spring

Rebecca Gonsalves

Published 28/02/2013 | 14:21

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Chanel's Spring-Summer 2013 collection in Paris debuted the neon green clutch
Neon on the Spring/Summer 2013 catwalk courtesy of Simone Rocha
There was neon on the catwalk for women and men for the new season

Summer staples such as ice-cream colours and white look great when the sun is blazing, but are harder to pull off right now.

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That’s why the influx of neon as a colourful summer trend is actually something of a relief – Day-Glo shades add a bit of sunshine to your wardrobe when the real thing can’t be relied upon.

There was neon on the catwalk for women and men for the new season – Simone Rocha, Versus and Sister by Sibling excelled for the former, while the latter should look to E Tautz, Topman Design and Agi & Sam for guidance.


While it may not be time to opt for the head-to-toe look as seen on the catwalk just yet, a flash of inspiration here and there is an easy way to be an early adopter of the trend.

Just like when you were revising at school, highlights of fluorescent pink, green, yellow and orange are the easiest way to draw the eye.

Neon separates – a bright skirt, say, or a jumper – will look great with black or denim but if even that seems a bit too bold, a belt, bag or even pair of shoes are easier ways to be an early adopter of the new season.

Or if you really want to get fashion kudos, opt for a neon beanie – as favoured by the fashion set at the shows this season – and keep warm, while looking cool.


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