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PANTONE Fashion Colour Report Fall 2012

by Adam Smith. 28 Feb 2012

Guide to professional colour standards in fashion design industries


PANTONE Fashion Colour Report Fall 2012

Fashion designers of the world, the PANTONE Fashion Colour Report Fall 2012 is here!

This comprehensive overview of designers’ use of colour in their upcoming collections, brought to you by Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company.

As the global authority on colour, providing professional colour standards for the design industries, this is the essential swatch guide for your professional projects.

Released on the first day of New York Fashion Week, the PANTONE Fashion Colour Report features the top 10 colours for women’s and men’s fashion for fall 2012, along with designer sketches, quotes and headshots.

The report is available for free for anyone who wants to download it.

The top colours for women’s fashion for fall 2012 are:

PANTONE 19-4056 Olympian Blue
PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango
PANTONE 18-5338 Ultramarine Green
PANTONE 17-4014 Titanium
PANTONE 15-1142 Honey Gold
PANTONE 18-2133 Pink Flambé
PANTONE 16-3817 Rhapsody
PANTONE 14-1506 Rose Smoke
PANTONE 19-1012 French Roast
PANTONE 14-0445 Bright Chartreuse

The top colours for men’s fashion for fall 2012 are:

PANTONE 19-1012 French Roast
PANTONE 19-4056 Olympian Blue
PANTONE 15-1142 Honey Gold
PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango
PANTONE 18-5338 Ultramarine Green
PANTONE 17-4014 Titanium
PANTONE 19-1652 Rhubarb
PANTONE 14-0445 Bright Chartreuse
PANTONE 16-3304 Sea Fog
PANTONE 12-0304 Whitecap Gray

About the colours

From love potions and the magical hour of sunset to witches and warlocks, fantasy and illusion are inspiring designers this fall season. With an unexpected mix of darks, brights and neutrals, they cleverly manipulate reality to transport consumers to an enchanting place, free from the stresses of everyday life.

As the season transitions from the heat of summer, Bright Chartreuse, a vital yellow-green, pays homage to a typical spring shade and creates a bridge into the cooling days of fall. Reminiscent of bright green foliage, it provides a perfect accent to every colour in the palette.

Like the name implies, Pink Flambé is a delicious, vibrant pink with a bit of heat to it. Pair it with vivacious and enticing Tangerine Tango for an ongoing retro feeling. Or, to bring a calming element to the mix, combine these vibrant warm tones with Ultramarine Green, a deep, cooling blue-green. Ethereal Rhapsody is a greyed-down purple that also encourages comfort and serenity with its quiet, muted tone.

Honey Gold, a mellow, burnished yellow, suggests the soft-muted tones of sunlight to brighten a fall day. Pair it with sensible and strong Olympian Blue, a patriotic blue that will surely make its way into fall and winter athletic apparel.

Rich and robust, French Roast is a tasty, sophisticated hue that is a great alternative to the black and charcoal basics typically worn in the fall. Other staple neutrals include elegant and versatile Titanium, the quintessential cool grey, and Rose Smoke, a veiled rose tone that pairs well with Rhapsody and Titanium.

Similar to this season’s palette for women, there is something for everyone in the top colour selections for men. Rhubarb, a deep, pungent hue, brings intensity to the palette, and is best paired with Tangerine Tango and Honey Gold for a collegiate look. To hit the ski slopes in style, combine Ultramarine Green with Bright Chartreuse and Olympian Blue for the ultimate in winter athletic apparel.

Moving from the vibrant tones of fall to more neutral basics, Whitecap Gray is a classic off-white, reminiscent of an overturning wave under a winter sky. Sea Fog, a grey with a muted purple cast, exudes just the right amount of confidence and masculinity. Pair these two neutrals with the strength of Titanium for a subtle and sophisticated direction. Combine all three neutrals in a dress shirt or tie with basic, versatile French Roast for a classic fall look.

The colours featured in the PANTONE Fashion Colour Report are culled from the PANTONE FASHION + HOME Colour System, the most widely used and recognised colour standards system in the world.

 

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