Friday, May 15, 2009

The Next Big Thing: Neon Brights

If you caught any of the Fall 2009 runway shows, you'll know that 1980s neon brights are back in a big way. Designers like Michael Kors (whose Fall 2009 line is shown above), Oscar de la Renta, Jil Sander and many others are sending models down the runway decked in head-to-toe brights. While Kors seemed to prefer neon hues on the warmer side of the color spectrum, other designers showcased looks in brilliant shades of purple, green, and blue. To keep things from getting too crazy and since mixing one neon hue with the next runs the risk of looking dated (and blinding passersby), the designers largely stuck to a monochromatic palette, either pairing a single bright hue with a neutral one or just letting it stand on its own. I particularly appreciate Kors' take on the trend; his tailored and classic silhouettes really let the color (appropriately) take center stage.

Since these neon brights can be a bit tricky to pull off, why not punch up your summer wardrobe with a few neon accessories? Bright shoes, purses and jewelry mix easily with neutrals (I'd go for lots of white and nudes since black reads a little too '80s for my taste) and since the color won't be right up next to your face, there's no worry that that neon yellow or green won't suit your skin tone. Nordstrom has an amazing selection of bold shoes, purses and jewelry in a range of prices (has anyone else noticed Nordstrom has been making an effort to bring in lower priced items as of late?) to suit just about any budget. Here's a collection of some of my favorite Nordstrom offerings available on their website now:

Summer Brights

Just click on the collage to get details (and direct links) on all the items featured above. I have to say, I'm seriously lusting after those gorgeous turquoise suede DVF flats. [Insert not-so-subtle birthday hints for family here.]

As interior design and fashion become more and more intertwined, it should come as no surprise that bright, bold colors are a big trend this summer in home decor as well. As with fashion, a little goes a long way; accordingly, I wouldn't suggest running out and buying a neon pink sofa. Instead, why not layer one or two layering accessories (pillows, throws, fun tableware, vases, etc.) in with your existing pieces? These small touches will keep your house looking fun and current for summer, but won't break the bank. And once fall comes back around, these smaller items can be stashed away until next year.

Clockwise from top left:
1. Flower melamine dining collection from Target, $17.99
2. Cortez pillow from Crate&Barrel, $19.95
3. Paco Mirror in orange lacquer from Jonathan Adler,$295
4. Retromodern Mini Grill from Anthropologie, $98
5. Ruffled Shower curtain from India Rose, $110
6. Kew Duvet set from BlissLiving, $225-$295
7. C.C.F.C. poufs from OM Home, $60
Posy Vases from Kate Spade, $65/set of 3
9. Seasonal Metal lantern from notNetural, $50
Milk Glass Lamp + Suite Dot Shade from PBTeen, $25-$49


Joy said...

Cute! Love the dishes from Target!

I went to law school at Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth and I'm now working in Dallas. Graduated 2006. You?

Oh, and if you go to my blog, I just added a link where you can email me directly, thus avoiding boring all your other readers with our exciting law talk! Ha.

alison giese Interiors said...

Hmmmm...I'll take one Michael Kors "turq-waz" chronograph, and a couple of Betsy Johnson enamel bangles, 'Kay? ;) more of those ruffly shower curtains - Soooo fun!

annechovie said...

Averill, I am all about color, so I love what you've put together here - so cheery. Thanks and have a great weekend!

Beth Connolly said...

Great post-the colors are wonderful. I just saw the Kate Spade Posy Vases decorating the KS store in SoHo and they are darling. One flower stem in each vase looks perfect. These vases are a nice preppy version of neon.

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Patch said...

Where is the Hypercolor comeback I have so desperately awaited all these years?

Christy said...

I wish my Nordstrom would follow your Nordstrom's lead. We went the other day and couldn't find a cute shirt for under $200 so we left empty handed. Sigh.

I love bright color, and I would be tempted to buy a bright pink sofa, if only my husband would let me. :-)

Kara said...

I love that green weber grill - It would be perfect for my little patio!

Joy said...

Hmmm...the email link works for me. Oh well. It's

And, yes and no to your question. It seems a little easier because I'm doing a type of law that comes very naturally to me but I still feel like an idiot on a daily basis!

BTW, I saw that you grew up in Sugar Land? I grew up in Friendswood. What a small world, eh?

And thanks for your home decorating tips! I used to subscribe to House Beautiful, but it was years ago. Maybe I should look into it again...

Averill said...

P - Hypercolor will make a comeback around the same time that Booyahkah tshirts do.

Personally, I'm holding out until the 90s are back and I can bust out my Doc Martens.

Bayliy said...

So love it! Good post! I'm happy to read it. Images are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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