Each season has its basic colours, as well as its trendy ones. Each season, the Pantone company outlines detailed Colour Reports, which gives a full insight to the most current colours of the seasons. The Pantone Colour Report is a vital reference to everyone in the fashion industry, but it is also a very helpful tool for anyone who is interested in the latest colour trends. This season saw an abundance of rich colours that are unique to this season, but widely acclaimed. Fall usually see’s more subdued, warm colours, but this season we are seeing cool colours with bright, exciting undertones. Although the usualy warm browns and rustic reds and oranges are still fall staples, as well as steel greys, these conventional fall hues are being complimented with the most beautiful, royal colours imagineable. Purple is clearly the designer’s favourite, and it’s pretty safe to say that blue is a close runner-up.
–Royal Hues: The most elegant and rich colours move into the forefront of fashion this season, and add a touch of vibrancy to fall’s classic hues. Also considered jeweled tones, the most prominent of this palette are deep purples, cool dark blues, emerald and jewel greens, and rich, vibrant reds. Gold is an obvious neutral but silver works just as well. Take a cue from royalty and you’ll really feel like a princess.
*As seen at: Carmen Marc Valvo, Abaete, Amanda Wakeley, Alexander McQueen, Richard Chai, Alberta Ferretti
– Earthy Hues: This season, designers are channeling Mother Nature, not only in prints but in colours as well. Earthy hues have been a long favourite for fall’s colour palettes, and this year is no exception. We’re seeing a lot of richer tones this season however, which blends in nicely with the existing elegant colours. There is a huge range of hues within this category, a lot more than in the area of colour. The great thing about having so many neutral options is that you can be original and creative, while still having the basics that make a wardrobe functional. The many options include: Burnt and rusty oranges, gold and copper accents, chocolate and camel browns, eggplant, dandelion and mustard yellows, mint and mossy greens, warm tans, forest greens, ivory, greys like storm, smoke and charcoals, jet black and minerals of all ranges. It is quite a selection – just try saying Fall’s neutrals are boring now!
* As seen at: Karen Walker, Doo.ri, Ports 1961, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Rebecca Taylor, Carlos Miele, Barbara Bui
– Berry Hues: Consider yourself a walking mixed berry salad! A wide spectrum of berry colours, similar enough to fit in well with the jewel tones, these colours add some punch and girly flare to everything. Favourites are apple green, deep berry pink, plum and grape purples, as well as raspberry and cherry reds. Okay so apples and grapes aren’t berries, but you get the point!
*As seen at: Peter Som, Lela Rose, Versace, Kai Kuhne, Tibi, Oscar de la Renta, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Krizia, Nanette Lepore
– Bright Hues: The idea behind this season’s brights is sophistication. The look is not all crazy and bold, instead they’re chic and understated brights. You’re sure to turn heads and keep everything looking merry and bright during the drab, cold months. Dominant colours include poppy and scarlet reds, kelly greens, turquoise and teals, midnight blue and indigo, chartreuse, mauve and violet, burgandy and fire oranges.
*As seen at: Betsey Johnson, Preen, Sonia Rykiel, Gustavo Arango, Akiko Ogawa, Matthew Williamson, Bottega Veneta, Badgley Mischka
– Vintage Hues: Centering in on a hippies-bohemian colour palette, the vintage hues fit in due to the fact that they are very similar to the earthy tones. Reminiscient of the 60’s and 70’s, these vintage colours add artistic elements and free-spirited edge to your basic, fundamental pieces. Favourite colours include mustard yellow, mandarin red, rusty browns, sunset oranges, deep purples and pine greens.
*As seen at: Alexander Herchovitch, Jenni Kayne, John Galliano, Catherine Malandrino, Miss Sixty, Burberry, Cynthia Steffe
– Achromatics: Where would we be without our rocks, black and white. Achromatics are always a favourite, no matter what the season, it’s just their degrees that change. This season there is a wide variety of achromatics to choose from. Ranging all the way from pearly whites and ivory’s, light steel greys to dark smokey grey, all the way to blacks ranging from matte charcoals to intense jet. No matter what your choice, they’re smart and of course sexy. Oh and let’s not forget, extrmely versatile. Check, check and check!
*As seen at: Nicole Farhi, Douglas Hannant, Elie Saab, Behnaz Sarafpour, Akris, Allesandro Dell’Acqua, Bill Blass, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein