NYFW: Pantone Reveals Spring 16 Colors

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Pantone SS16 Colors at Jewelista

With the return to school, college or jobs, the summer and Labor Day already seemingly fade from memory. But if you’re looking for something “more tranquil” or relaxing, look no further than the Spring/Summer 2016 Fashion Color Report from Pantone, the internationally recognized color authority.

Pantone once again debuted its Fashion Color Report yesterday, listing the top colors of the spring season: Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, Serenity, Snorkel Blue, Buttercup, Limpet Shell, Lilac Gray, Fiesta, Iced Coffee, Green Flash.

Nicole Miller Sketch

Nicole Miller Sketch

‘A Happier Place’

“The colors emerging in the Spring collections serve as vehicles that transport wearers to more tranquil, mindful environs which encourage relaxation first, followed by curiosity and exploration,” reports Pantone.

“The color palettes of this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Yet with our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for balance by incorporating those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation.”

Unexpected color combinations have inspired designers: the contrast of urban design and lush vegetation, and collections reminiscent of architecture, travel and nostalgia have all become prominent.

Fine art is also an inspiration. In particular artists–many of whom are known for bold color usage and strong shapes and lines, played an influential role in this season’s styles – from Matisse, Picasso and Frank Stella to Esther Stewart and Sam Falls. With Cuba and other destinations south of the border top of mind, designers are playing with courageous color statements; coupling these vibrant hues with quieting, classic and more natural tones.

Colors shown on the runway also transcend cultural and gender norms. For Spring 2016 “there are truly no perceivable distinctions in color choices between the men’s and women’s collections, both of which focus on a desire to breathe and reflect, then play,” Eiseman says.

Love the way SS16 looks but wondering what colors you should be wearing right now? Take a look at our Pantone report for Fall 2015.

Rebecca Minkoff Sketch

Rebecca Minkoff Sketch


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