You Glo, Girl
M.I.A. performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this weekend looking a teeny bit like an updated Jem character, in front of a projection of glitchy, primitive graphics. M.I.A. has always favored bold colors and patterns, but this look was a departure in its pure intent to serve as a performance costume. Reflective, bejeweled and white wigged, she glowed to throngs suffering over 100 degree weather in Indio, California.
The look is reminiscent of aesthetic celebrated by Paper Rad. One wonders if the current neon obsession is in some way indebted to the collectives influence or if it is born out of the creative cultures zeitgeist. 1980′s raver looks have been on the streets and runways for the past few seasons, “trickling up” to celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and back down to retailers such as American Apparel, Converse and Kate Spade’s spring collection, featuring day-glo patent leather accents. Neon lipsticks were used on models at Alice Temperley last year, Christopher Kane incorporated fluorescent the year before and Kanye West embarks on his “Glow In the Dark” tour in April. When will we tire of the glo? We saw black-light neon in the raves of the 60s and 80s, and here we are again at the 20 year cycle. Though fluorescents have a tendency to burn out quickly with the public, they are apparently still going strong. What will be kiss of death for neon?