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Wildly Divergent Hues Are the Stars

September 15, 2018

Wildly divergent hues unbounded by traditional guidelines, seasonal borders or gender norms are the stars of Pantone's Fashion Color Trend Report for the spring of 2018. The "untypical" palette reflects the top 12 colors seen on the catwalks during NY Fashion Week, which concluded this week in Manhattan.

Meadowlark / Cherry Tomato / Little Boy Blue / Chili Oil

Pantone, the global color authority, publishes its report to give consumers and retailers a sneak peek at the color stories that will emerge in all areas of design and fashion in the coming year.

Among 2018's "feel-good tones" and "uplifting shades" are Meadowlark , a confident and outgoing bright yellow, and Cherry Tomato, a tempestuous orangey red. Other favorites include Little Boy Blue, reminiscent of a clear blue sky; Chili Oil, an earthy brown-based red; Pink Lavender, a soft and romantic violet rose; and Arcadia, a cooler, cleaner take on green.  These colors can be matched to gemstone jewelry; with gems such as amethyst, tanzanite, pink sapphire, aquamarine to name just a few. 

Pink Lavender / Blooming Dahlia / Arcadia / Ultra Violet

Emperador / Almost Mauve / Spring Crocus / Lime Punch

“The color palette showcases an appreciation for the complexity and distinctiveness of color and the expression of it, which is something that evolves and can be played with,” said Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Consumers need more variety, and this expanded palette embraces the lack of gender and seasonal borders we are seeing within the fashion industry.” 

Sailor Blue / Harbor Mist / Warm Sand / Coconut Milk

In additional to the 12 "call-out shades," Pantone also revealed four "seasonal classics." These more subdued tones provide the mainstay of tany wardrobe and the foundational core upon which women and men can start building their own personal style. Seasonal classics include the dark navy Sailor Blue, dove grey Harbor Mist, neutral Warm Sand and off-white Coconut Milk.

Look for our color blog this December when we will announce Pantone's Color of the Year for 2018. Previous winners have included Greenery (2017), Rose Quartz/Serenity Blue (co-winners for 2016), Marsala (2015), Radiant Orchid (2014), Emerald (2013) and Tangerine Tango (2012).

Credits: Images courtesy of Pantone.