Even though New York Fashion Week’s not quite over yet, there’s one emergent trend that’s hard to ignore—the prevalence of bold neon colours. What’s behind it? For one, it’s a little counter intuitive and therefore creative to use such eye-popping colours in fall/winter collections, which are usually dark and opulent. Another explanation comes from Marc Jacobs, who said about his day-glo designs, “The collection is all about clubbing in the ’80s, when New Yorkers could have fun, be creative. Not like now . . .”
Michael Kors was more hesitant to cite an ’80s club scene inspiration, but said his cheerful collection was all about channeling the distinctive and colourful flavour of New York. In light of a very depressing economy, it doesn’t hurt to show bubbly optimism or reference an era of excess—after all, what’s a better way to escape than through fashion?