The colors of Chinese opera and the sepia tones of old
Hollywood are among Pantone’s inspirations for Fall 2011. According to Pantone
Color Institute’s Color Report Fall 2011, designers are also paying close
attention to texture and contrast, pairing menswear with feminine twists, warm
prints with cool metals, incorporating both old and new influences, and
creating an intriguing balance between colors.
“Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by
artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an
artist would construct a stunning work of art,” said Leatrice Eiseman,
executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, to the press during New York
Fashion Week, Feb. 10–17.
Some 10 colors are in the spotlight, including:
PANTONE 14-0740: Bamboo, a standout yellow with a subtle
PANTONE 17-1547: Radiant Emberglow, a traditional autumnal
PANTONE 19-2820: Phlox, a deep purple
PANTONE 16-0526: Cedar, evoking the freshness of a cool mist
in a dark forest
PANTONE 19-4914: Deep Teal, a strong blue-toned green that suggests
PANTONE 18-0930: Coffee Liqueúr, a rich color that serves as
a savory alternative to basic black
PANTONE 16-1320: Nougat, a deliciously warm camel tan.
PANTONE 13-3805: Orchid Hush, a unique tone of gray with
complex orchid undertones
PANTONE 15-4305: Quarry, a reliable medium gray
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