Pastello, Goodbye Neon

Leandra Medine | January 4, 2012

Sometimes I really question the functionality of my judgement, enter a title that starts Pastello, hello. It should have just been “On Embracing the Easter Bunny as a Style Icon” or something of that variety. Re: the former half, just kidding, you don’t have to say goodbye to neon; that was written for dramatic effect and so that “pastello” would be given some context. Ultimately, it was a sad attempt to manipulate and combine the words pastel and hello. So anyway, don’t say bye to neon. Do however, make room for a few new hues reminiscent of those pesky colored eggs, as we collectively salute a minute migration from brighter colors–most notably known to blind our counterparts–to muted one.

photo via Fashion Squad, 3.1 Philip Lim’s S/S 12 runway
One collection’s forecast isn’t typically reason enough to jump on a trend but if you can think as far back as my S/S 2012 round-ups, you will remember I’d paid tribute to the introductory Easter wear at Acne, Louis Vuitton, Christopher Kane and personal favorite Mulberry. The above image is the only photographic portrayal here because the photoshop work is fly and when I try to crop models they end up losing limbs. I know, it doesn’t sound so bad, but it’s ugly. I may be projecting, who knows. Hey look, on the same runway, just a few struts later, the most divine unapologetically 1985-chic super light wash denim vest made its debut.
This vest had me thinking: I’ve likely taken interest in pastel coloring because of personal adoration for almost white blue jeans. How better to compliment your baby blue denim than with a few pastellos? Groundbreaking, really. Let me try to remedy that with a jolt of real(ish) life. Today on “if the internets were my closets,” a selection of pastel offerings to kick start the trend right now. Because thirty degree temperatures don’t have to mean black and grey, grey and black. Unless you’re going for a monochrome-with-my-soul winter vibe. Can’t stand in the way of that.
From left: A J Brand light wash denim jacket will work perfectly layered over a mint green knit, this one’s by Acne, which will replicate that sentiment over a sweet touch of pale pink Equipment. Try a pair of ivory skinny-loose pants. I know that sounds unusual but I also know you get me. Skinny legs, loose crotch, collective win. The ones shown are by The Row and while on heavy sale on Net-a-Porter still cost a whopping $500. Try your luck at Zara. Tuck your ivory pants into white Chucks, add a tote that says mellow yellow but means crazy bitch and adorn your wrist in DANNIJO’s signature sting ray cuffs. No pastel arm party is complete with pastel nail polish so inhale some toxins and paint, paint, paint. Days like yesterday and collages like this make me wish I lived in LA. What? I end with this: so, how does thee like my new site-look? I was going for full face-life but settled on a few botox injections. For now.