Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute said, “This is a season of untypical colors–more reflective of the imagination and ingenuity, which makes for an artful collection of colors and combinations not bound by the usual hues for fall.” She added, “There is a feminine mystique that is reflected throughout the palette, inspired by the increasing need for women everywhere to create an individual imprint.”
The new palette reflects a shift toward more unisex colors, as nine out of ten top shades for both women and men are identical.
At a Texworld USA seminar last month, Cassandra Tsaknis, trend specialist at Stylesight said, “We are starting to see a move to a more genderless society,” adding that styles would have cleaner shapes and lines and let the shape speak for itself.
For both sexes, glamour will be key and exotic red Sangria and Aurora Red, a more sophisticated hue, will speak to that trend. Radiant Orchid, Pantone’s color of the year, will be an adaptable shade for the season pairing well with a powerful green called Cypress. Fall’s blues, Bright Cobalt and Royal Blue, will be more dignified versions of the staple color and Aluminum, a “futuristic stainless steel” shade will be the season’s neutral. Brown becomes more sumptuous with the subdued Cognac and Misted Yellow, the positive color that alludes to spring.
The only color in the women’s palette that isn’t present in the men’s is Mauve Mist, a classic “deco era” color. Sea Fog takes over for Mauve Mist in the men’s palette, and is a slightly more masculine hue of the same color.
Fran Sude, vice president of Design Options also presented color trends in a seminar at Texworld and echoed the notion of the feminine mystique and sophistication in terms of color palette. She said they are starting to see pastels selling well all twelve months of the year and that shades of purple have performed particularly well, two trends ably represented by Mauve Mist.