With neu rave or nu rave -as it’s also spelt – fever at a high, the trend is set to be one of the biggest of the year. Emerging from the music scene are glow-stick-waving bands like the Klaxons and Shitdisco, who are pioneering the trend while Christopher Kane, who graduated from Central Saint Martins early last year showed his official collection at London Fashion Week last September using all the bright acid colours that are associated with neu rave in his S/S 07 collection.
Up and coming label Cassette Playa by designer Carrie Mundane is the biggest hit on the rave scene and its eye popping designs look as though they have stepped out of a world filled with retired video game stars such as Pac Man, Sonic the Hedgehog and Donkey Kong.
Using lime greens, traffic cone oranges and ribena purples, Cassette Playa designs with their odd use of clashing colours have been worn by The Klaxons as well as by grime artist MC JME who modelled for Carrie at last years MAN, which also featured on the catwalk a life-size Sonic the Hedgehog.
Although rave is a revival of the nineties, with the fresh new talent on the scene it has the potential to be bigger and better than ever. Christopher Kane’s high fashion approach, with Cassette Playa’s underground vibe creates the perfect juxtaposition. However, it’s a hard look to pull off, so to avoid over indulging, and being diagnosed as colour blind, neon accessories such as a pair of neon green tights from Topshop (£5) and Cassette Playa t-shirts at the Pineal Eye (£60) would be perfect to wear out on the street as the extravagance is kept to a minimum, yet you can still enjoy the trend.