Color Trends for Fall 2012 and Winter 2013
The forecasts have been coming in for a while now, as usual the top trend forcasters….including yours truly are pretty bang on. For colors this season we have (as they’ve come to be known) Classic Luxe, a soft yet polished palette; Cool Contrast, centred around icy blue hues; Big Chill, which takes in brighter pops of mustard and brick tones; and finally Street Wise, a palette of earthy browns, camels and greys.
The palates have been broken up into two distinct categories : Wearing” & Livable. Its no surprise that “Wearing” is in relation to clothing (accessories, garments etc…) and “Livable” is more to do with design, makeup, interior colors. We’re epically interested in fashion so, here is the color plate appearing in the Fall 2012 collections (it will also trickle down into retailers):
Just encase you would like to know the technical names (the more you know), I’ve listed them left to right:
- Sphinx (PANTONE 16-1703 TPX),
- Persian Red (PANTONE 19-1860 TPX),
- Imperial Purple (PANTONE 19-3528 TPX),
- Windsor Wine (PANTONE 19-1528 TPX)
- Chili Pepper (PANTONE 19-1557 TPX),
- Tortoise Shell (PANTONE 19-1241 TPX),
- Peppercorn (PANTONE 18-1409 TPX),
- Chocolate Brown (PANTONE 19-0912 TPX)
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- Lead (PANTONE 17-4408 TPX),
- Rabbit (PANTONE 19-3905 TPX),
- Atlantic Deep (PANTONE 19-4726 TPX),
- Black Iris (PANTONE 19-3921 TPX),
- Red Clay (PANTONE 18-1454 TPX),
- Burnt Henna (PANTONE 19-1540 TPX),
- Greener Pastures (PANTONE 19-6311 TPX),
- Black Ink (PANTONE 19-0506 TPX)
Fabrics of note: Leather (leather and more leather), Velvet, Luxury wools (like cashmere) and denim. There’s a lot of texture, colored in subdued natural pop tones.
Smoky greys shades of silver transitioning in soft gray violets. Heavily layered wool’s in Tan and muted browns make for an elegant outfit.
“Cooler Younger Tones”
Blues from graphite, icy, subtle sky blues to cloudy soft shades of turquoise paired with stark black create a brilliant and visually appealing look with fabrics such as pique cotton.
“Relax, Zen and Pop”
Raspberry , mustard grain and tones of moss green give very organic feel. Throw in some cotton twill and Khaki shades with charcoal tints create a finely finished addition to the popular use of mohair fabric.
Finally we arrive at our final palate. This will be seen as the trends trickle down into the bigger retailers. The Gentleman’s grey, faded olive tones lend themselves to some subtle complementing accents. Designers added some blue and camel combinations to architectural and urban shapes for a sophisticated fashionable Street Style flair.
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