Pantone Report Most Popular Fall 2011 Colors

New York—Like teal? How about gray and a nice bamboo?

Get used to them, because you’ll be seeing them a lot this Fashion Week, Pantone has released its Fashion Color Report Fall 2011, featuring the Top 10 colors used by womenswear designers this week

Deep Teal tops the list with 15% of designers using it, with Quarry and Bamboo following in step as number two and three, respectively.

Sketch for the Cynthia Steffe show featuring Deep Teal

Sketch for the Cynthia Steffe show featuring Deep Teal

“Designers take a painterly approach to Fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art,” say Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Much like a painter’s masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season’s palette.”

While a surprising fall hue, Bamboo brings a warm, exotic flavor to the season, reminiscent of a “filtered sunset on the waning days of fall.” According to Pantone, “this shade pairs dramatically with several of the Top 10, including Phlox, Teal and Honeysuckle.” (Honeysuckle being the No. 1 color for this spring.)

In descending order, the most popular colors are:

  • DEEP TEAL, Pantone 19-4914 (15.23%)
  • QUARRY, Pantone 15-4305 (12.58%)
  • BAMBOO, Pantone 14-0740 (11.92%)
  • EMBERGLOW, Pantone 17-1547 (11.26%)
  • COFFEE LIQUEUR, Pantone 18-0930 (9.93%)
  • HONEYSUCKLE, Pantone 18-2120 (9.27%)
  • NOUGAT, Pantone 16-1320 (8.61%)
  • PHLOX, Pantone 19-2820 (7.98%)
  • CEDAR, Pantone 16-0526 (7.29%)
  • ORCHID HUSH, Pantone 13-3805 (5.93%)

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