According to the internet, "day-glo" — or the blindingly neon, fluorescent color family that encompasses such shades as electric yellow and extra-hot pink — was invented by brothers Robert and Joseph Switzer of Berkeley, Calif. in the 1930s. The pair went on to establish the "Fluor-S-Art Co." to develop and sell blacklight paints, and the rest, apparently, is history.
According to our eyes, however, the Switzers are irrelevant because on Monday, "Black-ish" matriarch and Fashionista favorite Tracee Ellis Ross made an appearance on "The Late Late Show" while wearing a dress that redefined — reinvented! — day-glo. Sorry, Switzers, but science is science.
The dress in question is courtesy of Christopher Kane's Pre-Fall 2018 collection: It's lacy with billowing wide sleeves and a gauzy top and skirt in colors like a hyper-bright orange that can best be compared to a wacky sunset in surrealist painting and a neon green that looks like a fast-rejected Gatorade flavor. Her shoes are that same shade of orange, because Ross — together with her longtime stylist Karla Welch — are nothing if not detail-oriented.
On the show, Ross discussed her penchant for stealing ("borrowing") things from her iconic mother Diana Ross, like a rug that ended up coming with her to college. Meanwhile, and this is not the point, but those wacky-surrealist-orange sleeves looked great fluttering around as Ross narrated the story.
You can watch the clip below.