NYFW SS19 Breaking Trends: Neon Lights Up the Runways

In Runways, Breaking Trends, What's New by Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine

LITE BRITE From left: Christian Siriano, Milly, Cushnie, Matthew Adams Dolan, Prabal Gurung. Photo: FirstView

Grab those highlighters! Neon yellow-green hues have swept the New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 runways, evoking glowing Lite-Brite pegs and adding a touch of optimism and fun. While neon has long worked for street and athletic-wear, what’s new is how it’s now showing up on everything from gowns, ruched dresses and dramatic wraps to plastic shoes and leather handbags.

The hue certainly evokes the 80s, but it also looks entirely fresh for 2019.

neon New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019

Naeem Khan New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019 Photo: FirstView

Neon makes quite the dramatic entrance, as illustrated by this ruffled neon cape at Naeem Khan’s show.

neon New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019

Adeam New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019. Photo: FirstView

Neon accessories have been shown to coordinate with neon ready-to-wear, either in a head-to-toe look, or something less obvious, like a neon sleeve peeking out from a plaid suit with neon accents.

neon New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019

Christopher John Robins New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019. Photo: FirstView

neon New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019

Alice + Olivia; Veronica Beard New York Fashion Week, Spring Summer 2019. Photos: FirstView and Beth Lorge

At Alice + Olivia, neon went from head to toe in the form of neon flower button earrings down to neon pumps and strappy sandals. Neon jackets, pants and dresses had black zippers, trim and buttons for contrast. Veronica Beard showed neon as a simple ruched dress.

NEON AS STREETWEAR
neon New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019

Jeremy Scott New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019 NY September 2019. Photo: FirstView

Expect to see neon show up in streetwear, from neon sweatshirts to patches and camouflage accents, often paired with bright orange. Designer Jeremy Scott used neon in various incarnations, right down to neon touches on white moto boots. A coat in transparent plastic neon adds a futuristic feel.

neon New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019

Jeremy Scott New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2019 NY September 2019. Photo: FirstView

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