It looks like fashionistas will be doing the Tangerine Tango well into fall of 2012 and beyond.
Each season, Pantone, a provider of professional color standards for the design industries, surveys fashion designers for feedback on prominent color trends. The resulting PANTONE Fashion Color Report features a forecast of the top 10 colors for
designers' use of color in their upcoming fall collections.
"By playing to consumers' practical side with versatile neutrals, and boosting their confidence with bold, spirited hues, this skillfully balanced palette has something for everyone," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
The top colors for women's fashion for fall 2012 are (shown above, top row, from left to right):
- French Roast
- Honey Gold
- Pink Flambé
- Tangerine Tango
- Ultramarine Green
(second row, from left to right):
- Bright Chartreuse
- Olympian Blue
- Rose Smoke
Here are the details for each fashion hue, as described by the poetic Pantone color experts:
As the season transitions from the heat of summer, Bright Chartreuse, a vital yellow-green, pays homage to a typical spring shade and creates a bridge into the cooling days of fall. Reminiscent of bright green foliage, it provides a perfect accent to every color in the palette.
Like the name implies, Pink Flambé is a delicious, vibrant pink with a bit of heat to it. Pair it with vivacious and enticing Tangerine Tango for an ongoing retro feeling. Or, to bring a calming element to the mix, combine these vibrant warm tones with Ultramarine Green, a deep, cooling blue-green. Ethereal Rhapsody is a grayed-down purple that also encourages comfort and serenity with its quiet, muted tone.
Honey Gold, a mellow, burnished yellow, suggests the soft-muted tones of sunlight to brighten a fall day. Pair it with sensible and strong Olympian Blue, a patriotic blue that will surely make its way into fall and winter athletic apparel.
Rich and robust, French Roast is a tasty, sophisticated hue that is a great alternative to the black and charcoal basics typically worn in the fall. Other staple neutrals include elegant and versatile Titanium, the quintessential cool gray, and Rose Smoke, a veiled rose tone that pairs well with Rhapsody and Titanium.
(Shown above right: Emma Earrings, in Tangerine Tango. $17.99)