Nothing screams ‘I AM ON HOLIDAY AND I HAVE A TAN’ more than neon. It’s a palette of colours that really do not work on pale skin. Pastels do, neon doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong, the tan needs to be good – neon on neon skin is not going to have the desired head turning effect as you make your entrance to THAT villa party in your amazing Christopher Kane piece with colour coordinating cocktail in hand.
I especially like to do a neon under a sheer white or nude fabric, showcased this season by Nanette Lepore who is also my perfect reference point for the other totally OTM way to wear neon – colour blocked. Neon with grey marl, however, is the absolute best.
My first experience with neon was circa 2006, I had just discovered American Apparel and was partying at my all-time favourite (now closed) club The End at Erol Alkan’s ‘Trash’ nights. It was an explosive mish-mash of neon, lame and sequins jumping around on the dance floor on a Monday night when I should have been at home studying scripts for my acting degree. That was great when I was 20 but for my more mature 27-year old self today (although still found on the dance floor on Monday nights) a more thought out take on the trend is necessary.
For the latest piece I have created – using neon as my inspiration – I’ve gone for mixing it with this beaten brown leather bag and used my most amazing new toy: The Stud Gun. I love discovering these contraptions – The Soldering Iron was my previous obsession. The Stud Gun basically punches holes in things – mostly used for punching belt holes. It has the option of varying the sizes so you can make it suit whatever you need.
I worked out how many holes I would need (not as easy as it sounds, trust me) to weave the ribbon in and out so it would then meet in the middle and then decided on neon yellow to be a total contrast against the beaten brown, a simple and quick process that took my vintage find to a whole new level of amazingness.
For the rest of outfit I decided to go down the neon layered under sheer road, and put this fab white mesh dress on with the cut out leaves collar from this great Japanese stall at UpMarket on Brick Lane in London. It’s teamed with a neon banana print bikini from Forever 21and fun heart sunglasses from the lucky lucky man in Sant Jordi. And a colour-coordinated cocktail of course! Where better to wear this beachy Ibiza style that deserves disco? Carl Cox at Sands for a Tuesday afternoon soiree of course…
Bex Pawsey is the creator of the ever-growing beccaboo reworked range – customised items created with unwanted goodies found here on the white isle. For more info on sales and commissions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.