Pantone Releases Spring 2011 Colors

Pantone Spring 2011 ColorsCarlstadt, NJ–Citing exotic destinations like Africa, India, Peru and Turkey as inspiration for Spring 2011, designers continue to satisfy consumers’ “need for escape” with color combinations that transport them to foreign lands.

Each season, Pantone surveys fashion designers on their prominent collection colors, color inspiration and color philosophy, then creates the PANTONE Fashion Color Report.

“The colors designers have chosen for the spring season present an interesting marriage of unexpected warm and cool tones,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “By cleverly combining complementary colors, those that are opposites on the color wheel, they have created a striking intensity in the palette. These unique color combinations make it possible for consumers to pair existing pieces in their wardrobes.

 The report features the top 10 colors for women’s fashion for spring 2011, along with designer sketches, quotes and headshots, and is available for free download at pantone.com/spring2011.

Pantone Spring 2011 ColorsHoneysuckle is a flirtatious, feel-good hue that brings a festive sense of playfulness. This vibrant pinkish-red makes consumers feel alive, and is a perfect post-winter pick-me-up.

Spicy, gregarious and persuasive describe Coral Rose, a sophisticated orange that, much like Beeswax, a warm, honeyed yellow, conjures up feelings of faraway lands and locales. Pair either of these piquant hues with a cool, refreshing color-wheel opposite like Regatta for a vibrant color combination that will add zest to any wardrobe. Romantic, fanciful Lavender implies sensuality with its subtle hint of red undertone. Combine it with Beeswax or Coral Rose for a unique counterpoint.

Alluring Blue Curacao evokes thoughts of tropical destinations and pays homage to the 2010 Color of the Year, Turquoise. Practical consumers can continue to incorporate enticing Caribbean blues into spring by pairing Blue Curacao with warm, complementary colors like Honeysuckle or Coral Rose.

Peapod, a fresh yellow-green, brings an organic element to the palette and is reminiscent of the green shoots that signify change and new beginnings traditionally found in spring.

Trans-seasonal neutrals ground this season’s palette and provide a stable backdrop for all of the other colors. The so-called “nude hues” are represented in the range of ethereal Silver Peony to dramatically deep Russet. Another dependable background color, Silver Cloud, is the quintessential neutral that consumers can rely on to coordinate with everything in their closet.

As an interesting aside, Pantone has announced its PANTONE Visa® Platinum Rewards Card, available in select colors from the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2011.

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