From left, designer sketches by: James Coviello, Ella Moss, Bill Blass, Nicole Miller, BCBG Max Azria and Nanette Lepore

How Designers Are Using Pantone’s Fall 2012 Colors

In Fall / Winter 2012-13, Industry News, What's New by Lauren Parker, Accessories Magazine1 Comment

Designer sketches from their Fall 2012 collections. From left: James Coviello, Ella Moss, Bill Blass, Nicole Miller, BCBG Max Azria and Nanette Lepore

New York–Color authority Pantone has surveyed New York Fashion Week designers to reveal the season’s most important color trends. Here, a list of key colors along with sketches of how designers are implementing them. Tangerine Tango has already been revealed as the Color of the Year, as reported here. 

Pantone Fall 2012 Color Report

“By playing to consumers’ practical side with versatile neutrals, and boosting their confidence with bold, spirited hues, this skillfully balanced palette has something for everyone,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

The season brings an unexpected mix of darks, brights and neutrals, all cleverly manipulated “to transport consumers to an enchanting place, free from the stresses of everyday life.”

Key colors and how to mix them, according to Pantone:

Bright Chartreuse, a yellow-green that pays homage to a typical spring shade and creates a bridge into the cooling days of fall.

Pink Flambé is a delicious, vibrant pink with a bit of heat to it. Pair it with vivacious and enticing Tangerine Tango for an ongoing retro feeling. Or, to bring a calming element to the mix, combine these vibrant warm tones with Ultramarine Green, a deep, cooling blue-green.

Ethereal Rhapsody is a grayed-down purple that also encourages comfort and serenity with its quiet, muted tone.

Honey Gold, a mellow, burnished yellow, suggests the soft-muted tones of sunlight to brighten a fall day. Pair it with sensible and strong Olympian Blue, a patriotic blue that will surely make its way into fall and winter athletic apparel.

Rich and robust, French Roast is a tasty, sophisticated hue that is a great alternative to the black and charcoal basics typically worn in the fall. Other staple neutrals include elegant and versatile Titanium, the quintessential cool gray, and Rose Smoke, a veiled rose tone that pairs well with Rhapsody and Titanium.


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