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Are You Ready For The Return Of Raver Style?

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Recent seasons have supplied a fresh wardrobe for the modern club kid. From searingly-bright neon to stringy cut-outs and all-nighter sunglasses – or “rave goggles”, if you like – fashion is ready to party.

Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada have been hot to trot since February. Their autumn/winter 2021 showcase featured geometric-print catsuits and skin-tight tops designed for easy movement, and committed ravers could dance all night in their stacked platform boots. “Optimism is mounting,” Ms Prada declared.

Maxim Magnus wearing Prada’s trippy autumn/winter 2021 bodysuit and platform boots at Prada’s “rave”, held at the Tate Modern.

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The duo weren’t able to road-test their designs until the last Thursday of November, when they hosted a live music event at the Tate Modern entitled Prada Extends, curated by collaborator and electronic musician Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman). Invitees coined it the “Prada Rave”, with many questioning how, after more than a year of no parties, they would have the stamina to last the night. Nonetheless, people turned out en masse, and sound waves undulated through the Tanks as guests mingled, many of whom were clad, appropriately, in Prada’s autumn/winter 2021 collection. 

Psychedelic prints were seen scattered across skin-tight catsuits at Prada’s “optimistic” autumn/winter 2021 showcase.

Op Art-inspired gear has been trending, too. It-girls have gravitated towards Jean Paul Gaultier’s 1990s Cyber Baba and Cyber Dot mesh creations, scattered with patterns that pay homage to Victor Vasarely, widely-considered the godfather of the Op Art movement.

For spring/summer 2022, Paco Rabanne’s creative director Julien Dossena emblazoned Vasarely’s prints across trippy tops, skirts and dresses, which are currently on show alongside his artworks at a special exhibition in Selfridges. (Selected pieces are available to buy or even rent, if you’re hesitant to take the plunge.)

Jean Paul Gaultier autumn/winter 1995.

Paco Rabanne spring/summer 2022.

Elsewhere, there’s increased enthusiasm for bop-tastic neon. Cyberdog in Camden dressed real-life ravers all over the world throughout the 1990s, supplying fluorescent clubwear to punters in Ibiza, London and beyond. Nowadays, the A-list get their fluoro fix from brands like Marshall Columbia and Poster Girl – the latter specialises in “exquisite fashions for the bold and bodacious”, as founders Francesca Capper and Natasha Somerville told Vogue last year. Alongside its sell-out chainmail dresses – which are more Paris Hilton than Pacha – Poster Girl’s outré, cut-out dresses have been picked up by Dua Lipa, Jazzelle Zanaughtti et al. 

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Model Sydney Carlson is another fan of the movement – she’s been topping up her Instagram feed with pictures wearing zingy partywear. Recent highlights include: a holey catsuit with a neon-green bra set peeping through; a lime-green knitted dress from MaisonCléo, paired with patterned tights; and an avant-garde pink and purple body-stocking from Yung Reaper.  

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On the catwalks, acid hues were seen at Blumarine, David Koma and Versace for spring/summer 2022 – the latter presented vibrant looks that weren’t dissimilar to those worn by Garage-lovers back in the day – while flashes of neon elevated the Berghain-worthy leather looks seen at Balenciaga. 

David Koma spring/summer 2022.

Blumarine spring/summer 2022.

Embrace the dancefloor with a touch of neon, a negative test and a positive attitude. 

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