Pantone Fashion Week Report: Designers Pick Their Spring 2014 Colors

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New York Fashion Week–What color palette are designers using for their Spring 2014 shows?

Color service and authority Pantone has just released a report of the most popular colors used by key designers, stating that designers are taking a modern twist on the traditional to create a colorful equilibrium.

“This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations.”

The top colors for women’s fashion for spring 2014 are:

PANTONE 15-3920 Placid Blue
PANTONE 16-3823 Violet Tulip
PANTONE 15-6114 Hemlock
PANTONE 16-0000 Paloma
PANTONE 15-1225 Sand
PANTONE 14-0852 Freesia
PANTONE 18-1651 Cayenne
PANTONE 17-1360 Celosia Orange
PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid
PANTONE 18-3949 Dazzling Blue

This is how designers are using them:

collage spring 2014 colors

From left: Tracy Reese: Cyan Blue & Scarlett; Yoana Baraschi:  Radiant Orchia; Rachel Roy: Freesia; Nanette Lepore: Cayenne; M. Patmos: Placid Blue & Dazzling Blue; Cynthia Steffe: Cayenne.


collage 2 spring 2014 colors

From left: Tadashi Shoji: Violent Tulip; Saunder: Sand, Freesia & Dazzling Blue ; Pamela Roland, Celosia Orange; BCBGMAXAZRIA: Paloma; Emerson:  Radiant Orchid, Violent Tulip & Hemlock; Whit NY: Celosia Orange & Violent Tulip.

collage 3 spring 2014 colors

 From left: Adeam, Sand; Christian Siriano, Cayenne; Nicole Miller, Hemlock & Violent Tulip; Herve Leger by Max Azria, Paloma & Sand; Emilio Sosa, Violent Tulip; Rebecca Minkoff, Hemlock, Freesia & Celosia Orange.

collage 4 spring 2014 color

From left:  Bibhu Mohapatra, Cayenne, Celosia Orange & Paloma; Lela Rose, Paloma & Freesia; Trina Turk, Cayenne, Paloma & Placid Blue;  Sachin + Babi, Dazzling Blue; Juicy Couture, Radiant Orchid; Ella Moss, Placid Blue

According to Pantone: Three very adaptable pastels sit on one end of the palette, and, because we are so accustomed to seeing them as nature’s background, they can be creatively combined with any other color in the spectrum. Placid Blue, like a picture-perfect, tranquil and reassuring sky, induces a sense of peaceful calmness, while Violet Tulip, a romantic, vintage purple, evokes wistful nostalgia. Similar to the verdant shade of springtime foliage, Hemlock, a summery, ornamental green, provides a decorative touch that’s very different from the greens of recent seasons. Pair any of these versatile pastels with a bolder hue for an au courant look.

Sand, a lightly toasted and amiable neutral, conjures images of the beach and the carefree days of summer. Try pairing Sand with Hemlock for perfect, natural balance. Paloma serves as a quintessential neutral, interesting enough to be worn alone or combined with any color for sophisticated poise. Cayenne, a high-pitched red, adds a dash of spicy heat to neutrals, and heightens the excitement when mixed with Freesia, a blazing yellow that is sure to illuminate wardrobes this season. A tropical, floral-inspired shade, Freesia’s warmth and energy help set the stage for Celosia Orange, an optimistic, spontaneous hue. Pair Celosia Orange with Violet Tulip for a captivating vision, much like the setting summer sun.

The palette is brought full circle with Radiant Orchid, a bold counterpart to Violet Tulip, and Dazzling Blue, a scintillating, polar opposite to Placid Blue. Surprisingly, these strong, vibrant colors also pair well across the palette: They are perfect companions to pastels, and add confidence and vivacity when mixed with other bold colors.