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Pantone’s Top Fall ’15 Colors Prove the ‘70s are Back

Ali McGraw’s camel wrap coat in ‘Love Story.’ American model Peggy Lipton’s jewel-colored knits. Michael Caine’s olive green turtleneck in ‘The Swarm.’ Each one an iconic look from the ‘70s that epitomizes the direction the fashion industry is once again headed in Fall ’15.

On Wednesday, Pantone released its Top 10 fall color chart for men and women and points to a palette that weaves muted earth tones with a range of bold color statements.

Olive, soft pink, golden yellow, teal, orange and cool navy blue all make the list, as does marsala, a wine red-brown that Pantone named its color of the year. “The Fall 2015 palette is rooted in multi-faceted, androgynous colors that can be worn to portray effortless sophistication across men’s and women’s fashion,” declared Leatrice Eiseman, executive director for the Pantone Color Institute.

Not even a day into New York Fashion Week’s fall/winter shows and several designers are sending dynamic takes on the decade down the runway. Lisa Perry paired punchy pops of orange with gray for a look that’s at once retro and right-now.

“Juxtaposition of color from opposite sides of the spectrum emphasizes poise and confidence,” Eiseman explained.

Kaelen took a softer approach to the era, incorporating dusky hues of pink, peach and lilac into a selection of below-the-knee skirts and dresses and candy-striped blouses. Elsewhere, a standout ‘70s look from Rachel Comey comprised a golden yellow button-down with a powder pink duster and dark green culottes.