As another season of new attire makes its debut during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s Fall 2013 Collections Feb. 7–14, so, too, does a new season of color, courtesy of Pantone. The New York City-based, self-appointed color authority recently unveiled its Fashion Color Report Fall 2013, created in collaboration with directional design stars of the fashion world.
“Just as the leaves change in autumn, the consumer will enjoy the ability to change their ‘look’ and try a new approach to their wardrobe for brisk days ahead,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “The fall 2013 palette allows for that versatility and experimentation.”
Fall colors include some bright hues—Samba red and Koi orange, among others—as well as familiar faves like emerald to “enhance and enliven customers’ outlooks as the colder months set in,” said Pantone upon the report’s release.
The Pantone colors for fall 2013 are as follows:
Deep Lichen Green
The changing of the seasons has inspired the fresh round of color selects (“yellow-toned Linden Green brings a lightness and brightness to the deeper shades of fall,” Pantone says in its report). Meanwhile, the neutral hues of dark gray Turbulence and rich brown Carafe offer alternatives to black and pair well with some of the bolder colors in the palette. Plus, mesmerizing Mykonos Blue provides a meditative tone for classic and relaxed fall looks.
The Pantone seasonal colors help jewelers decide which gemstones to offer consumers. For video tips, heed style expert Stacy London’s advice for Today show viewers, which she doled out when color blocking was the trend du jour in the spring of 2011. While this segment is more than a year old, London’s advice is timeless.