Monday, July 25, 2011

Fall Fashion Color Wheel: Pantone's Color Report

I was planning to write a different post entirely (about tomato-filled garlic bread, but never mind) but, I, as I am wont to do, got distracted.

I'm planning several new sewing projects, but I can't find the sewing machine pedal.  (It's been a while since I picked up needle and thread, obviously.) Thinking about searching for that led to thinking about my projects, which led to thinking about the kind of clothes I like in general, which led to, "I wonder if the colors/styles I like will magically be in fashion this fall?" I'll wear them regardless, of course, but it's always nice to keep up with the trends.

So, I looked up Pantone's Color Report for Fall 2011, which is based on their survey of New York Fashion Week. I don't know how Pantone does it, but if they predict a color will be in fashion, it will. Everyone from jewelry designers on Etsy to magazine producers to that dressmaker around the corner seems to read these reports to get an edge on the competition. I'm probably late in looking at it, but fortunately being in style isn't my actual job, so it's fine.

To summarize my findings, I've made the apparent "it" colors for fall into a little color wheel:

Pantone Fall 2011 Color Wheel

Pantone's color names, clockwise from top: emberglow, honeysuckle, phlox, cedar, deep teal, coffee liqueur, nougat, orchid hush, quarry, bamboo. I don't know where they get these names. 

Pantone's website says this palette "take[s] cues from the old masters, sepia tones of Old Hollywood, Chinese opera, cityscapes and countryside" and that fall fashion will focus on "menswear with feminine twists, warm prints with cool metals, incorporating both old and new influences, and creat[ing] an intriguing balance between colors" (see the full report here.)

It must be my lucky season, because I like all of these things! I've always appreciated unusual color combinations, especially with an eye toward making neutrals interesting. I don't know about the bright yellow, melon and pink up there, but they could be interesting accent colors. If I'm really lucky, we'll be seeing more retro details in clothing styles this fall. 

What do you think about Pantone's predictions?

1 comment:

Carole said...

I like coffee liqueur, but I find the cedar baffling. I would have expected "cedar" to be in the brown family.