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Think Pink: Master The Biggest Trend Of The Season (And Other Neon Hues)

Bring on your highlighting game. No, for once, this has nothing to do with makeup.

From Andy Warhol’s pop-art in the sixties to Dan Flavin’s sculptural art installations, make no mistake — neon-inspired design has and always will be a popular trend in pop culture. And there’s a reason why: these bold, bright colours are incredibly arresting. Their distinctive glow capture attention instantly, and bring cheer to a dreary day.

With neon increasingly seen on the runways this Fall/Winter, it’s clear the fashion houses feel the same way too (especially, Mrs Prada). But too look at the seersucker puffed shoulder dress and footwear glazed with glaring greens on the runways of Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, or Brandon Maxwell’s electric yellow jumpsuit. Kenzo also went with bright yellow with its combination of turtleneck sweater and midi skirt, while designers such as Jason Wu, Ulla Johnson and Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli paid homage to shocking pink.

Here, we teach you how to carry off the trend, whether you’re planning to dress in theme for this weekend’s Neon Lights 2018 or, simply to have your finger on the pulse.

Belted faux fur trench coat by Tibi, S$1,186, via Farfetch
To avoid looking like a banana (well, non-ironically), dress like a rocker girl with a pair of ripped skinny jeans and a silk shirt. Make sure they’re all in black. Cotton-blend mini skirt with lace detail by Unravel Project, S$986, via Farfetch
A simple white T-shirt and a pair of ecru sneakers will allow this neon pink mini skirt to speak for itself. Balenciaga Knife satin mules, $720 (S$991), Net-a-Porter
Feeling the effects of Pantone’s Colour Of The Year? Well, the designers have taken Ultraviolet rather seriously this season, including Balenciaga’s Demna who’s tempered the look-at-me hue with a dainty kitten heel. Straight-leg high waisted pants by Maison Margiela, €450 (S$721), via Mytheresa
Give your boring office wear a shot of colour when you wear a crisp white shirt with a pair of cerulean blue trousers. Maison Margiela clutch, $2,581, HBX
Still on the LBD train? Update that fine classic with a head-turning shot of yellow. Ribbed crew-neck sweater by Balenciaga, €650 (S$1,041), via Mytheresa
Letting an oversized pullover slide off your shoulder is sexy. But having one that hugs your body to accentuate your curves is sexier. Wear this bright green piece with a denim mini skirt and a pair of black booties to jazz up your look. A-line duchess satin skirt by Rochas, US$637 (S$877), via Matchesfashion
Beat the heat by pairing this smooth and light skirt with a white bandeau top when you’re heading out for brunch on the weekend. Pussy bow viscose blouse by H&M Studio, S$119
Try on this pink pussybow blouse for a feminine and girlish vibe. But give it a rock ‘n’ roll twist by dressing it with a black leather mini skirt and a pair of combat boots. Calvin Klein 205W39NYC small geometric tote, $1,810 (S$2,491), Ssense
A massive hue with the streetwear crowd last year, (really) bright orange has trickled into runway fashion courtesy of a host of designers. Of course, Raf Simons’ orange workwear jumpsuit for Calvin Klein’s one (also manifesting in the bag above), and well, Prada, natch. Single breasted blazer by Zara, S$69.90
Sharpen your white shirt and black trouser combo with this cerulean blue blazer when you’re wearing it during the work week. Dress it down with a flowy, floral dress when heading to the malls during the weekend. Wrap puffer jacket by Topshop, S$126
Pack a puffer jacket along if you’re travelling this month, but stay trendy with this number that’s in bright green. Prada Cloudbust knit trainers, $999 (S$1375), Matches Fashion
Neon hues have really given Prada’s key sneaker, the Cloudbust, a massive facelift — and trust us, it will too transform any ensemble. Prada Elektra leather shoulder bag, $2,938 ($4,044), Matches Fashion
While green is not a colour many would gravitate towards naturally, its neon shade is killing it in fashion at the moment. Ease yourself in with a punchy accessory and, needless to say, this one’s a keeper.