Tuesday, September 27, 2011

PANTONE Fashion Colors for 2012

For spring 2012 designers are inspired by diverse influences,
showcasing a range of styles and lifestyles — from free 
and playful to light and breezy, and contemporary classics.
Colors likewise reflect these differing moods, encapsulating
vivid brights, soft muted tones and fun-loving pastels.  
“Consumers look to spring for renewed energy, optimism
and the promise of a brighter day,” said Leatrice Eiseman,
executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®
. “They
have learned how color can help them alter a mood, while
providing the vitality and enthusiasm that enables them to
experiment with new looks and color combinations.” 
Provocative Tangerine Tango, an enticing juicy orange, 
is a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone’s 
outlook this spring. Providing a jolt of energy, Solar Power
radiates warmth and cheer. 
Fanciful Bellflower, a distinct ornamental purple, exudes
uniqueness and creativity. Scintillating and sexy, Cabaret
is a sensual and intense rosy-red — an excellent choice 
for summer clothing and cosmetics. 
Sodalite Blue, a classic maritime hue, brings order and
calmness to mind. Like an anchor to a ship, this dependable
shade works with every color in the palette. Cockatoo, a
tactile blue-green, is sure to make your spirits soar. This
unusual hue adds a whimsical touch to the palette and 
will make a statement this spring.  
Margarita, a piquant yellow-green, lifts spirits with its
refreshing and stimulating glow. Reminiscent of a 
blossoming garden on an early spring morning, fragrant Sweet
Lilac evokes the fresh scents of summer. This delicate 
pinkish lilac adds a touch of romance to any wardrobe.  
Natural, versatile neutrals add practicality to this season’s
brights. Driftwood, an adaptable blend of beige and gray
with a slightly weathered feel, and Starfish, a perfect 
warm summer neutral, complement all colors featured in
this season’s top 10.   
For an ultra-bold look this spring, try mixing Bellflower
with Tangerine Tango and Cabaret. Combine Margarita
with Sweet Lilac and Cockatoo for a subtle alternative, 
or Margarita with Sweet Lilac and Driftwood for a more
practical variation. Solar Power is best juxtaposed with
Sodalite Blue, and for a safer bet, add a natural neutral 
like Starfish to the mix.
For over 18 years, Pantone, the global authority on color,
                                        has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week 
and beyond to bring you the season’s most important 
color trends. This report previews the most prominent 
hues for spring 2012.

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