Color Blocking Black With Neons for Electrifying Looks

By Eden Herbstman

January 2012

The upcoming Spring 2012 collections are full of bold and bright neon looks, but designers are still using color blocking to achieve chic twists. The use of black against neon tones softens the already bright look, giving it  a bolder contrast, allowing the neon color to pop more, without being blinding. Dolce and Gabbana’s shoulder bag is a contemporary portrayal on the classic leopard patterns, swapping the pale yellow for an edgy neon green, and keeping the traditional black spots. Jason Wu also uses neon green for his updated messenger tote. The neon patent trim against the sleek black leather makes for a stylish on-the-go piece. Christopher Kane harnesses the colors of the rainbow in this lace jersey tank dress. The rainbow palette against the black allows for more definition of the floral designs.

The combination of black and neons isn’t a recently developed trend, evident by Oliver Goldsmith’s vintage 1960’s sunglasses. (Fun fact: these glasses were designed specially for none other than Audrey Hepburn.) The black frames compliment the translucent neon aqua plastic trim and handles. These glasses are a perfect example of fashionable trends that stand the test of time; after all, vintage pieces will always hold more value over contemporary items.

One trend isn’t enough for Diane Von Furstenburg and Jimmy Choo, so both designers incorporate two momentous trends in one; neon accents and sports-inspired looks. This DVF black sheer crepe top comes with an attached silk neon green underneath, allowing the sheerness of the first layer to accent the loud neon base. This top is ultra comfortable, without losing a trendy edge. Jimmy Choo blends glamour and sport in this black and neon pink scuba-inspired sandal. The cutouts on the sides of the shoe add that extra juxtaposition of sportiness, while still remaining sexy. Both signature designers remind us that fashion is in fact a sport.

Written by Eden Herbstman

Design by Eden Herbstman


1. Dolce and Gabbana neon leopard mini shoulder bag

2. Jason Wu patent trim messenger tote

3. Christopher Kane rainbow lace jersey tank dress

4. Oliver Goldsmith vintage 1960′s plastic sunglasses

5. Diane Von Furstenburg mesh and satin top

6. Jimmy Choo black and neon pink scuba sandal

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