Posts Tagged ‘pantone’

pantone fall 2016

It isn’t even Spring and I am already looking forward to Fall…at least the Pantone colors of Fall 2016. As you may know, I was not very excited by the Colors of 2016, Serenity & Rose Quartz.

From Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute: The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family.

Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades.

Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.

My next project, translating these colors into the Kato color pallette.



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serenity-rose quartz

The wait is over and the Pantone colors of 2016 are Serenity and Rose Quartz…YAWN!!! Since the last 20 years of my career was in interior design, I am seeing nursery decor, or onesies in Serenity and possibly party dresses up to age 6…beyond that…NOT SO MUCH!!!

From the Pantone Executive Director “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” 

past 6 years

As you look over Pantone’s color of the year for the last 6 years you will see several colors that have ‘legs’ and some that fall flat. While my favorite color palette includes the rusts, golds and neutrals of the Fall, Radiant Orchid through Turquoise find a way into my Spring and Summer designs. (My daughter’s burgundy school uniform definitely influenced my decision to avoid Marsala)  Let’s talk next year about Serenity & Rose Quartz…I would love to know how they have influenced your designs…or not!!!

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radiant orchid

Well, it is official…Pantone has decreed that the color of 2014 is Radiant Orchid. “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”


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emeraldThe announcement we have been waiting for with ‘baited breath’…or not…it is Emerald green for 2013. This is going to be a very good year for me…I am Irish and of course I have red hair…PERFECT!!!

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Even though the temperature feels like fall, the runways are warming up with spring fashions…and spring colors. Of course, the source for color…Pantone, has already declared the colors for spring 2013. 

This season, designers overwhelmingly address consumers’ desire for self-expression, balance and the need to re-energize. The color direction for spring builds upon these compelling needs with a palette that mixes dynamic brights with novel neutrals to create a harmonious balance. This allows for unique combinations that offer practicality and versatility, but at the same time, demand attention and earn an appreciative glance.

“The expression ‘balancing act’ is something we all relate to as we strive to find harmony in the frantic pace of our everyday lives,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “The same can be said for fashion as we look for balance between light and bright, classic and new. This season’s color palette emphasizes this need for balance, while at the same time allowing for individuality, self-expression and excitement.”

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We have one last stop on our color tour…Pantone. I was surprised at the ‘brights’ that are included in the fall color palette. For all of the purple lovers…flox is a winner. Bamboo is a winner for me…followed by one of my all time favorites…deep teal.

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Multiple apologies for the title…again, I could not resist. The Wall Street Journal had a terrific article last week about the 2011 Hue and how it was chosen. When I first started working in the design industry, I didn’t have a clue about how the colors were chosen for fashion and the objects we purchase each year. WELL…we can thank Pantone for that color we love or hate from year to year.

They are calling the 2011 hue…Honeysuckle. HMMM!!! The honeysuckle plants that grew in my yard in Kansas City, MO were definitely not this beautiful soft orangey-pink. I remember a white flower with a soft yellow center…and a YUMMY scent!!! I LOVE Pantone’s description of Honeysuckle…Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it.

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Yesterday’s post featured a short video with the colors and trends for 2009. Also on the Pantone Color Institute site is a PDF featuring the 2009 colors and designs from the Spring 09 New York Fashion Week.

“Spring traditionally evokes a sense of freshness and new beginnings, with sprouting shoots and blossoming flowers that inspire designers to breakout of the winter doldrums. Bright colors return to the top 10 list for spring ’09, as designers incorporate vibrant pops into their collections, yet temper the vibrancy with deeper, translucent or neutral tones. “New York’s fashion designers encourage hopeful attitudeswith lively colors, while sophisticated, grounded hues address the need for stability in times of economic uncertainty,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

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While researching color trends I discovered a video by Lee Eiseman, Exec. Director Pantone Color Institute, as she provides an overview of the trends for 2009. The video is a visual treat as well as informative.

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