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Neon Shoelaces

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I got excited a few seasons ago when I started to see 80s workout wear influencing both London catwalks and the club scene.  Fashion was desperate for a healthy dose of camp, and what’s campier than the age of neon and spandex?

Kids started dressing like crazy kids again.  Stylish teenage girls were no longer wearing the same tracksuits as their mothers.  Rainbow-bright color combinations were distinguishing the chic from the common.  Suddenly, it took more than just a Hello Kitty shirt or a stupid Emo haircut to be the coolest kid on the block.

The trend is finally spilling over into mainstream fashion on this side of the pond.  Unfortunately, it seems to have been distilled and rebottled in a more-palatable form; North Americans are still preoccupied with “good taste”.  It takes a very daring kid to wear head-to-toe neon when the rest of her friends are still dressed in jeans and hoodies.

Nevertheless, kids around here are starting to going crazy for neon shoelaces again.  I’m seeing them everywhere.  Of all the trends that could have caught on, I wish that something else would have stuck.  Shoelaces?  C’mon!

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  Doing things halfway and half-assed is the American way.  What’s next?  Wearing a fifty-cent rubber bracelet to visibly express your self-identity?  Oh yeah . . .

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April 2, 2008 at 3:19 pm

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