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Rebirth of Neon

Rebirth of Neon


Neon is one of those palettes that often finds itself on the wrong side of the high-brow/low-brow division. Most of us associate the vibrant colors with things like the blinking signage advertising the local bar or fast-food spot, or our favorite "Saved by the Bell" inspired outfit from middle school.

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Neon Flame image #2 | Tronized Beauty image #3 | Superfresh image #1

But neon "throw-back" clothes are back, and just as neon's having a fashion revival on the street, it also has a place in the couture scene.

Take these three projects, which insert the hues for dramatic touches that serve as the centerpiece of the images.

Neon Flames

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Neon Flames goes for a black-light effect - the model's neon makeup illuminates the frame, and she "breathes" clouds of neon smoke.

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Neon Flames by Ariana Nespiak (Toronto, Canada)

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Tronized Beauty

In Tronized Beautya neon laser pen adds a totally unexpected and fascinating element to this fashion editorial.

Trionized Beauty by Ludovic Taillandier (Paris, France)

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Superfresh

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And the Superfresh window display team, following the client's instructions for a "fresh and futuristic" look, used neon liberally.

Superfresh Store Display by Mateusz Sypien (London, UK)

As artists like these experiment with wild ways to use neon, our "neon experience" can expand beyond the sunglasses and t-shirts we pass on the street, and help us discover more creative uses of this vibrant palette. Who knows - maybe you'll be inspired to start wearing neon makeup like the model above...

What part of the neon comeback have you discovered?


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SceneSiren

To the author: Sarah, this is a great article. The artwork is amazing-- particularly Neon Flames. I would love to get in touch with the artist to inquire about using some of their work or commissioning work for my website.

Thanks!

FOXYROXX

These Works are Sensual and Brilliant. The Fashion " Tronized " Beauty Photos are Stunning!

sundancer

Wow! I love these colors!
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Trust me, in my life, neon never died. :-)

FOXYROXX

I Totally Agree. I have always dreamed of Basking in Blue Neon Light! Neon touches the Mind like Nothing Else.

elesta

interesante, siempre el neon lo vi de mal gusto, pero ahora...

LDoll

I've honestly always love black and neon palettes.
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mollybermea

wow!! loving that palette!
chasetheabyss wrote:
Talk about neon... :)
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monkeyface

I am guilty of associating neon with the 80s... Thanks for demonstrating a fresh way to look at the potential of such vivid colors! I will never think of neon the same again. :)

FOXYROXX

I think they should build Neon Lighted Dark Rooms for Recreational and Meditational purpose. Imagine bathing in Neon Light during Pitch Blackness, the kind you find out in the Country Back Woods at Midnight! Or, Neon Slide Shows In Huge Format and Vivid Neon Color while you rest on a Chaise Lounge in the Dark.... Hmmm.......Neon Parties!. Also, I Recommend MilkDrop, the Microsoft Visualization program. I installed it through Winamp: http://www.winamp.com/visualization/milkdrop/62202 It works with the music on Winamp or your own CDs The Patterns and Color Display are Amazing!

Pal Lau

cool! so refreshing!
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mollybermea

When I think of Neon, I think of grade school. Neon AND Spandex (now there's a pair!) were quite popular and fluorescent colors had just come out....

My mom usually made us kids a cool birthday outfit that was a surprise the morning of our birthday and we got to wear it to school. She had made me a pair of HOT PINK spandex half-leggings with a tank-top puff-painted with a "9" on it (oh yeah, Puff Paint was also a big thing too) - including wild 80's marks on clothing such as exclamation marks, glittery paint everywhere. I thought it was the coolest thing that hit my closet that year! LOL

oh yeah, and water socks had also come out - those were really cool too. A kid in my 3rd grad class wore a pair every day (to school! lol) along with his awesome black, LIME NEON GREEN and HOT PINK striped shorts. Ohhh... the days....

I loved the first and last artist the best here!

FOXYROXX

This brings to mind the 70's Era of the Black light and Glow in the Dark Florescent Colors........Cousins of Neon......And Lava Lamps. I did a lot of drawing and painting using Florescent Color.........But it only looked Really Good under the Black light. Memories are Good Things sometimes with Good Vibes......

sundancer

mollybermea wrote:
When I think of Neon, I think of grade school. Neon AND Spandex (now there's a pair!) were quite popular and fluorescent colors had just come out....


You're only 4 years older than I am but I remember in grade school the exact same thing. I remember my neon pink sneakers and my T-shirt and hat that I decorated with the puff paint and those funky beads that were so cool back then but now seem so tacky. I only wore water socks when we went in the pool or to the beach but I remember those too! I thought the kids who wore them to school were dorky. LOL

FOXYROXX

Hmmm....Thinking Back a little Further....Cherry Red kidskin Penny Loafers. I Also went through a few pair of White Go Go Boots. High Hair and a lot of Aqua Net! Loved Neon then too ::))

Araina

I am actually the photographer, model and digital editor of this series. It was a self shot experimental test on neon UV makeup and lighting

here is a link to the series posted on my Behance profile:

Behance

SceneSiren wrote:
To the author: Sarah, this is a great article. The artwork is amazing-- particularly Neon Flames. I would love to get in touch with the artist to inquire about using some of their work or commissioning work for my website.

Thanks!

Pal Lau

Arinaļ¼That's really awesome! I love your picts and the creative ideas! You look very pretty too! Wish u keep it up! Merry X'mas!Neon lover

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