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15 Pantone-Approved Colors to Know for New York Fashion Week

Love it or hate it, HBO Max’s “Sex and the City” spinoff “And Just Like That” appears to have gotten at least one thing right: the key colors in the Fall/Winter 2022-2023 color palette for New York Fashion Week beginning on Friday.

The orange Valentino couture ballgown and pink leather opera gloves Carrie Bradshaw wore in one of the series’ final scenes echo in Pantone Color Institute’s forecast for the upcoming fashion season.

In the report released Thursday, the color authority describes a palette influenced by consumers’ need for tactility, calm and comfort. “Concurrently, the colors also illustrate our need to break free of restraint and embrace the joy of being alive through super bright hues expressing energy boosting vitality and the celebration of life,” it said.

With 10 standout colors to satiate consumers desire for “rest and relaxation with exuberant expression” and five core classic that serve seasonless inspiration, Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman said the palette will “enable consumers to move fluidly between a range of contrasting shades, allowing them to spontaneously express who they are and how they feel on any given day.”

Pantone's Fall/Winter 22-23 New York Fashion Week color report is influenced by consumers’ need for tactility, calm and comfort.
“And Just Like That” HBO

The desire for celebration is sparking a wave of colors with heat. Gregarious Orange Tiger, described as a whimsical “high vis” orange; Lava Falls, an “impassioned” orange red; Samoan Sun, a cheerful yellow with illuminating qualities; and Rose Violet, a vivid and vibrant pink “full of zing” are among the warm, heat-packing hues.

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Elements of nature also seep into the palette. Nosegay is described as a “fragrant floral pink that envelopes the senses.” Waterspout, a light and bright turquoise, refreshes and cools. Amazon, a lush and fertile broadleaf green, already made a bold impression at men’s F/W 22-23 fashion weeks in Europe.

Carmel Café, “a delicious brown hue that tastefully tempts,” underscores the growing popularity of brown. Global fashion shopping app Lyst recently reported that it has seen a 32 percent increase in searches for brown clothing in January, compared to the same time last year.

Midnight, a hypnotic deep blue evocative of the evening sky, and Martini Olive, a fruit-inspired green tone with a touch of brine, help ground the palette.

Pantone’s core classics for the season skew toward icy hues. Arctic Wolf is a softly shaded tactile white and Autumn Blonde has a warmer and creamy effect. Polar Night is a cosmically inspired blue hue. Loden Frost is an earthy green tone that boasts calming and restorative properties, and Chiseled Stone is a true gray that represents strength.