CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The world of fashion is in its brightest form yet. Pop goes the color palette with the sudden resurgence of exciting combinations of high-voltage neon brights.
Top tastemakers pressed the reset button and raided the crayon box with circa '80s-influenced super-shock, optimistic color. Jaw-dropping shades produced pizzazz-packed runways. Big, bold neon brights are the "it" colors of the 2012 spring season.
Day-Glo vibrancy packs zest into the spring season like the electrifying neon collection of Stephen Sprouse way back in 1984 at the Ritz, a New York City nightclub. What a fashion moment!
There are so many fashionable associations with neon: Andy Warhol's portraits of Marilyn Monroe in the '60s, Keith Haring's bold art, and the whole Southern California surf culture captured by Body Glove.
The 2012 neons are not '80s neons. The color comeback plays into a more carefree attitude. They are a grown-up, modern, soft, feminine and absolutely ageless look this season. People are looking to have a little fun.
Color adds a touch of flirt to fun and a hit of neon highlights your style in a crowd of forgettable, by-the-book looks. Electric hues drive this unfussy trend. Bright, sunshiny-day colors add snappy style in full-on saturation to this neon explosion.
Spring fashion is love at first brights: cool cobalt, sophisticated chartreuse, deep sea coral, purple passion, shamrock green, tiffany blue and poppy pink. Juice up your look in tangy tangerine (the color of the season), lemon yellow, orange crush, cherry red, lime green, groovy grape and watermelon red. This is a lot of color.
Truth is, not everyone feels confident in head-to-toe neon. Don't try too much too soon. If being mistaken for a highlighter in bright yellow jeans is of concern, there are subtle ways to incorporate the trend without looking like Big Bird. Color your world with one neon bright as the primary color and add pops of other color. Nearly everyone looks radiant and hip in hot pink. Barbie's favorite shade is fashion's secret fountain of youth.