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Pantone’s LFW Color Report a Study in Contrasts

As London Fashion Week quickly approaches, so does Pantone’s Spring/Summer 2023 Color Trend Report.

Released Friday, Pantone, the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, released this season’s report which features the top ten “standout” colors expected to be seen on the runway as designers roll out their Spring/Summer collections.

According to Pantone Color Institute experts, colors for LFW S/S 23’ chart a “new path forward.” “Recontextualized with a modern edge,” this season’s colors combine tradition and innovation, integrating the need for “brightness” and “vibrant positivity” with “quieting tinted tones.”

“As we anticipate our future, we are embracing the freedom to colorfully express our individuality without constraint,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Experiencing a creative liberation that transgresses previous norms, we are adapting and inventing novel pairings and contrasting harmonies.”

Pantone pointed to Cherry Tomato, a “tempting” attention-seeking red, Persimmon, a “silky” honey-tinged coral, Iced Mango, a tropics-minded fruity orange, Andean Toucan, a verdant “exotic” hue suggestive of the highland forest, Spring Crocus, a fresh floral purple and Pink Cosmos, a garden pink that tones down Barbiecore‘s shockingly saccharine electricity and instead ”promotes contrast to all other hues.”

Spring Crocus Pantone

The LFW S/S 23’ palette also includes an array of blues and yellows like the heated radiance of Blazing Yellow, the “enlivening” and “lustrous” yellow green of Titanite, the “lightweight” blue resembling  a “cloudless sky” of Airy Blue and the “crisp” jolt of Electric Blue Lemonade. 

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“A fearless attitude and freedom of expression reframes our perceptions of color with a no-holds-barred approach coming through in witty mixes and animated pairings,” Pantone said.

In addition to the 10-shade color palette, Pantone released five new colors, including Oyster Mushroom, a “non-presumptive” gray, Grayed Jade, a “mineralized” grayed green tone, Tender Peach, a creamy pale citrus hue, Mocha Mousse, a rich milky chocolate, and Bluing, a “brisk” inky blue.