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Here Are Pantone’s Top Colors for Fall 2016

Blue will be the leading hue of the season for Fall 2016, but the colors will be a little more complex than the softer Serenity that shares Pantone’s Color of the Year title with Rose Quartz.

Earth tones will anchor the palette otherwise made up of vibrant color pops and shades that transcend gender. In its latest fashion color report for this fall, Pantone Color Institute’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman said it’s all about strength, confidence and complexity.

“The desire for tranquility, strength and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family,” Eiseman said. “Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot pinkish purples and spicy mustard yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.”


image-8Riverside is the blue that “undeniably takes precedence” in fall collections. The color is both calming and strong, subtle yet sophisticated, and a bit exciting while still keeping a sense of constancy, according to Eiseman. The color popped up at the Claudia Li fashion show at New York Fashion Week.