Neon is my favorite color. Well, almost.
Because it embodies not just one color, but an emotion of retro style and penultimate partying, evoking the words d-i-s-c-o with the mere sighting. Bathed in a mix of red and pink light, the ambiance was enigmatic and set for a fiery runway show by Son Jung Wan at New York Fashion Week (NYFW), who’s winter collection had been one of my favorites.
And the darkness broke into bright pops of color with a high volume disco edit and neon hues shimmering and glistening down the runway with big hair and brazen looks. Kapow! There were so many visual stimuli that attacked the senses in every outfit that I took many moments to inhale the details, and consequently several hours to outline what I enjoyed the most.
Broken out by color, the show started with my favorite reds. In terms of print, oversized tweed and large stripes were dominant, as well as one male model with exaggerated lapels. But it was more the asymmetric cuts, sheer panels, metallic accents and leather that depicted a party on the runway. The one-shoulder trend also returned on blouses and dresses, which worked with the teased out voluminous hairstyles.
Next up were the greens, which had never looked more inviting. The metallic emerald green shorts on one of the fit models was a total mainstay for my wardrobe tastes, even when paired with a patchwork off-sleeves shirt. The style of piecing together cotton, leather, sheer and other fabrics for tops on both men and women worked brilliantly with the sparkle of the emerald hued trousers, skirts and wraparounds.
Unified by hue, the collection looked sharp and well constructed, even with the addition of spring like gold florets on outerwear and dresses. Who would have thought that gold and green made such an illustrious and delicious looking combination? The inclusion of beige and neon pink lining were other ways that Son Jung Wan paid homage to the disco era of vibrancy, sparkle and effortless sexiness.
There were several looks that moved around the white palette, with pale pinks, occasional grays, and frequent black stripes adding color and variety. The black and white stripes ensured that the timeless trend could be manipulated to suit modern styles, with metallic insertions and sequins aplenty.
More asymmetry and one-shoulder styles dominated, as well as indiscreetly placed panels of heavy fabric. I personally found the leather skirts in a cream hue to be a standout in this segment, as they complimented many body types.
Most who know me are aware of my addiction to sequins, which I have obsessed over for years, and worn at multiple occasions as documented looksbooks. The electric combination of retro disco styles and sequins was inevitable, and I was overjoyed to find that in addition to womenswear dresses and accenting, it was also a mainstay in menswear. From a fitted collared shirt with baby pink sequins across the collar and shoulders, to a pair of shorts with side panels of sequins and a brocade jacket, the possibilities were endless. With refined craftsmanship in solid embellishments and appliques, the styles were truly a progressive way to look at heavily bejeweled menswear.
Brocade and leather made for a loud, if not statement-like combination, which worked on some looks. Pat Cleveland danced her way into the crowds as the showstopper with a brocade jacket with cutwork designs, evoking a thunderous applause amidst the dazzling lights. It was truly a testament of the fun and whimsy of the entire collection.
With a renewed flavor of sequins, retro styles and disco pop music, I was so ready to party!