Pantone Fall 2013 Fashion Color Report

Mar 8, 2013

A few weeks ago we took a look at Pantone's Color of the Year. Now let's dive into their full Fall 2013 Fashion Color Report! As usual, the new color report has me itching to try out some new color palettes!

 

"With the changing season, the greens from spring evolve and develop. Multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate, bringing luxury and elegance to the palette, while yellow-toned Linden Green brings a lightness and brightness to the deeper shades of fall. Try pairing both with Mykonos Blue, a bold, meditative blue, for a classic and relaxed fall look.

Exotic Acai adds mystery and richness to the palette, and can be incorporated with the other colors to create a number of powerful fall combinations. Pair the elegant shade of purple with Emerald for a regal disposition, or spirited Samba red for an expressive and dramatic look. Koi, a decorative orange with dazzling and shimmering qualities, is a statement color that serves as a pick-me-up for your wardrobe. Vivacious, an unruly and wildly deep fuchsia, adds an ebullient sensuality to the palette.

Pair Vivacious with anchoring Deep Lichen Green, a naturally lush shade of green, for a dynamic juxtaposition that captures both ends of the seasonal spectrum. Rounding out this season's cornerstone colors, Turbulence, a dark mercurial gray, and Carafe, a rich, glamorous brown, provide more interesting and sophisticated alternatives to the black basics usually worn in colder months. Both staple neutrals pair gracefully with more expressive colors within the palette, such as Samba, Koi and Vivacious."

On of my favorite parts of every fashion color report from Pantone is the insight it gives us into the inspiration and design process of the fashion industry's top couture creators. Below are a a handful of the ensembles that include the colors in this latest report, and a few words from each designer about what inspired their concept.

inspiration
"The masters of Chiaroscuro and how they manipulate and create dimension between light and dark. That contrast for me - either done subtly or bolder - is a very interesting use of color." 

inspiration
"The opulence in nature. There is something mysteriously beautiful the way nature expresses emotions visually. Shapes, textures and graphics in the wild are couture-like creations that translate into this season's palette." 
inspiration
"A 1924 portrait of Peggy Guggenheim by Man Ray." 
inspiration
"The film The Labyrinth — the whimsical nature of the movie and colors used."
inspiration
"The art world, specifically the visionary influences of the first third of the 20th century - the Dadaists and the Bauhaus."
inspiration
"My recent trip to Saint Petersburg, Russia - it is truly a regal city that was wonderful to visit." 

Do you have a favorite color?

Chloe


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BethM@3 wrote
on Mar 16, 2013 6:55 AM

Finally, a palette perfect for us redheads - lovely!

ctutt wrote
on Mar 17, 2013 1:49 PM

While this is fun and interesting information, it occurs to me that designing art [which is how I regard my bead creations] around particular 'fashion trends' leaves beaders with an inventory of jewelry in colors that the same gurus will one day decree are 'out.'  I'm interested in other artists' viewpoints on following our own muse versus scurrying around chasing yearly fashion predictions - ?

bymyhands wrote
on Mar 18, 2013 6:54 PM

Ohhhh colors,

I love them and they frustrate me.

I check on the pantone colors quite alot.  It keeps colors in my mind.

I don't think of it as being dictated too, but it helps me understand how all the couture fashion houses seem to create or feature the same colors at the start of a new season.

It make sense to me that these designers also get frustrated by colors.

Why else would the be creating a sort of governing body for color predictions?

It also helps them to decide about accessories.  Then

that market is aware of new color and then jewelers are affected and that market gets affected....and the wheel goes around.

I use the color charts to open my eyes to what is coming.  Plus I like reading the many different ways they can make up names to say...

grey-gunpowder, Sea Squal, Summer Fog and Turbulence.  Or red-Wanted, Samba. Or taupe- Aged Redwood, Gentle Lace, Parosol, Pearlea, Debutante, Timeless.

Ha, ha, ha:))  If you don't have the chart right in front of you, you really don't know what the h___ they are talking about and it is  very funny to me.

Take it with a grain of salt and have fun.

Now-frustration-I am relieved to try new colors that just might work for me.....I have a drawer of colored pieces that seemed so good in my mind and....well they are in the drawer.

So I too need help with colors and I will try all different sources to help me along!  AND follow my muse.....

bymyhands wrote
on Mar 18, 2013 6:54 PM

Ohhhh colors,

I love them and they frustrate me.

I check on the pantone colors quite alot.  It keeps colors in my mind.

I don't think of it as being dictated too, but it helps me understand how all the couture fashion houses seem to create or feature the same colors at the start of a new season.

It make sense to me that these designers also get frustrated by colors.

Why else would the be creating a sort of governing body for color predictions?

It also helps them to decide about accessories.  Then

that market is aware of new color and then jewelers are affected and that market gets affected....and the wheel goes around.

I use the color charts to open my eyes to what is coming.  Plus I like reading the many different ways they can make up names to say...

grey-gunpowder, Sea Squal, Summer Fog and Turbulence.  Or red-Wanted, Samba. Or taupe- Aged Redwood, Gentle Lace, Parosol, Pearlea, Debutante, Timeless.

Ha, ha, ha:))  If you don't have the chart right in front of you, you really don't know what the h___ they are talking about and it is  very funny to me.

Take it with a grain of salt and have fun.

Now-frustration-I am relieved to try new colors that just might work for me.....I have a drawer of colored pieces that seemed so good in my mind and....well they are in the drawer.

So I too need help with colors and I will try all different sources to help me along!  AND follow my muse.....

Lee R wrote
on Mar 22, 2013 12:34 AM

I loved your color analysis for fall! We all know these colors and have probably used them in one combination or another, but I for one tend to "couple" colors and just throw a third color in a neutral when I need one. Your article has really inspired me to try three or four colors together, design permitting, and if I wimp out I'll throw in that rich brown or dark gray. Your examples will also make it easier for me to pick out a new blouse or sweater to compliment a new creation. Does anybody else build their wardrobe around their accessories?  

Lee R wrote
on Mar 22, 2013 12:35 AM

I loved your color analysis for fall! We all know these colors and have probably used them in one combination or another, but I for one tend to "couple" colors and just throw a third color in a neutral when I need one. Your article has really inspired me to try three or four colors together, design permitting, and if I wimp out I'll throw in that rich brown or dark gray. Your examples will also make it easier for me to pick out a new blouse or sweater to compliment a new creation. Does anybody else build their wardrobe around their accessories?