Fashionistas may have to adjust to calling fashion week in New York City by a different name—New York Fashion Week (Sept. 10–17) as opposed to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week—as that sponsorship has ended, but at least Pantone’s color forecast for the season ahead remains a constant.
Yesterday, the self-proclaimed color authority unveiled its Fashion Color Report Spring 2016, calling its selects “a transporting and transformative canvas.” These hues will take viewers to “happier, sunnier places where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director, told the media upon release of the news.
According to Pantone, designers “have gravitated toward a palette that is first and foremost calming…paying homage to the beauty of natural resources. Other inspirations include “the contrast of urban design and lush vegetation, leading to unexpected color combinations and collections reminiscent of architecture, travel, and nostalgia,” according to the agency. Plus, the works of artists like Matisse and Picasso—known for bold choices and dramatic shapes—are evident in couture, as are the influences of exotic destinations like Cuba. Colors also transcend cultural and gender norms (are unisex), and some even nod directly to fine jewelry (hello, Rose Quartz!).
“With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation,” explained Eiseman.
The top ten colors for men’s and women’s fashion for spring 2016 are:
PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz
PANTONE 16-1548 Peach Echo
PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity
PANTONE 19-4049 Snorkel Blue
PANTONE 12-0752 Buttercup
PANTONE 13-4810 Limpet Shell
PANTONE 16-3905 Lilac Gray
PANTONE 17-1564 Fiesta
PANTONE 15-1040 Iced Coffee
PANTONE 15-0146 Green Flash