“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.” ~ Leatrice Eiserman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.
Twice a year the Pantone Color Institute delivers a palette of delicious colors that correspond to the current trends in the fashion industry. Many designers will use this palette as inspiration or a reference point when designing their collection for the season. This way they know that each customer will be able to match the designer’s newest pieces with the wardrobe they already own. The Pantone colors for Fall 2012 are French Roast, Honey Gold, Pink Flambe, Tangerine Tango, Ultramarine Green, Bright Chartreuse, Olympian Blue, Titanium, Rhapsody, and Rose Smoke. They have named Tango Tangerine the hottest color trend of the fall season. It is a bright, fun color and a great transition from summer into the cooler weather season.
Amongst the list of colors it is divided by Neutrals and Bolds. French Roast, Honey Gold, Titanium, Rhapsody, and Rose Smoke are among the neutrals with Pink Flambe, Tangerine Tango, Ultramarine Green, Bright Chartreuse, and Olympian Blue as the bolder, brighter accent colors. In your clothing use the neutrals as the backdrop for your outfit. Pair a chocolate brown pencil skirt with a peach blouse or shell. Add an emerald green blazer or cardigan as your pop of color or accent. You can splurge a little on that “one” great piece for the season and compliment that with neutral bottoms and tops. Add a chunky tangerine necklace or big chandelier earrings to highlight the peach and contrast with the emerald. For a more casual look following the same trend wear a pair of eggplant skinny jeans with a long rose tunic and the same emerald blazer jacket. Throw on brass bangles or hoop earrings to compliment the warmth of the rose and make the green stand out. Buy a couple bold accessories for the season such as a belt, jacket, shoes or a bag to wear with the browns and neutrals already in your wardrobe. Use nail polish to add a pop of color to your outfit; especially a color that you wouldn’t necessarily wear in clothing.