Spring/ Summer 2017 Color Trends
Left with a fresh and spicy aftertaste? The action-packed 29 days passed like greased lightning? This is obviously post-fashion-month period finding us all tossing around the new fashion trends, new faces and the most memorable moments of the spring 2017 fashion weeks. Just another spring/summer fashion month came through with flying colors leaving behind a vivacious rainbow. What’s the prime mover of all this get-together? To identify and discuss the spring/ summer 2017 color trends!
Just as New York Fashion Week came to its end, the Pantone Color Institute was at the ready to declare those top 10 spring 2017 colors that are to lead the pack throughout the whole spring/summer season. According to Pantone’s Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report, the upcoming spring is likely to see all the colors of nature actualized on garments, bringing a mixture of vitality, relaxation and the great outdoors starting from that avocado-reminiscent Greenery and its more muted counterpart Kale to energetic Primrose Yellow and blindingly bright Pink Yarrow and Flame.
As was expected, blue was once more playing first fiddle bringing about whole 3 shades: the refreshing aqua Island Paradise, the classic denim-like Niagara and more intense Lapis Blue. Need something to mitigate that whole intense vibrancy? The spring/ summer 2017 color trends also dish out more neutral and peaceful shades of Pale Dogwood and Hazelnut.
Here are the top 10 fashion colors for spring/ summer 2017 with their official appellations, but also a range of other shades that we have noticed to appear on runways more often than others:
• Niagara – PANTONE 17-4123
• Primrose Yellow – PANTONE 13-0755
• Lapis Blue – PANTONE 19-4045
• Flame – PANTONE 17-1462
• Island Paradise – PANTONE 14-4620
• Pale Dogwood – PANTONE 13-1404
• Greenery – PANTONE 15-0343
• Pink Yarrow – PANTONE 17-2034
• Kale – PANTONE 18-0107
• Hazelnut – PANTONE 14-1315
The first place of the spring 2017 color trends goes to Niagara, a relaxing and soft blue shade, dubbed as medium-grade denim by the Pantone experts. Versatile enough to be matched with nigh every shade, this comfortable blue is quite potent to take us somewhere near the Niagara Falls to stare at that sublime scenery and listen to that relaxing water sound.
Altuzarra seems to be keeping this easy-going shade under his thumb serving up a range of python printed pieces in his laid-back collection inspired by David Lynch movie Wild at Heart. Next stands Carolina Herrera with a couple of denim-worthy evening dresses that seemed so lightweight albeit with ‘eveningwear’ status to them.
Though Niagara is described as the shade of denim, its whole splendor crops up when epitomized on such exquisite fabric as silk, like we see in the Emporio Armani spring 2017 lineup or on that peplum floor-sweeping dress at Alberta Ferretti.
However, what really raises the stakes for the leading shade of the spring/ summer 2017 fashion color trends is featherweight tulle. From Alberta Ferretti and Alexander McQueen to Marchesa and Zac Pozen, frothy ruffles in Niagara blue pulled off to dream up waterfall tableaux.
If the previous season’s special yellow was Spicy Mustard, it is Primrose Yellow that shapes up one of the spring/ summer 2017 color trends and for good reason. This invigorating and uplifting yellow is bound to warm the cockles of our heart, so sunny and joyful. We surely lay blame on that lovely flower primrose to light up the spring/ summer 2017 runways many a time and oft.
Primrose readily lent its color to Dries Van Noten, who dreamt up a large collection with Primrose Yellow either appearing on monochromatic pieces or else in the form of flower-like prints on some black or white staples. During Milan Fashion Week Emilio Pucci showed the enthusiastic characteristics of this color in droves whether on calf-length dresses or on ruched boots.
At Gucci, Alessandro Michelle presented Primrose Yellow from a more dramatic perspective on a ruffled dress with poetic sleeves, while Alexis Mabille used this shade on a couple of eveningwear and laid-back blouses, let alone those car-wash-pleated skirts creating pretty black + yellow colorblocks.
If that classic navy blue is not your cup of tea throughout sunny spring days, yet you are aching for some strong and confident blue, no ifs, ands, or buts here: Lapis Blue is what you are looking for. Being the natural shade of stone lapis lazuli, this blue shade, as if lit up from within, makes another gorgeous spring 2017 color trend.
We see Lapis Blue jazzing up the Salvatore Ferragamo runway at times even from head to toe wrapping the models with this shade. At Boss knitted dresses in Lapis Blue take a more beach-ready spin especially when matched with green flip-flops or bags.
At Max Mara a model sashayed down the runway like an out-and-out Queen of stone lapis lazuli; at Mugler’s shark-inspired runway show this confident shade made a small chapter, but chalk it up to Mary Katrantzou to bring together the vibrancy of Lapis Blue and her calling card optical illusion prints to reveal the whole magic of this shade, the third one on the list of the spring/ summer 2017 color trends.
Among the spring/ summer 2017 color trends, flamboyant Flame is the next color ardently crackling. This red-based orange that seems to be stuck between red and orange, brings about much love, fun and other fervent feelings. Whether you match it with neutral or vibrant shades, be prepared to make a splash around.
However, many a designer managed to rope us into Flame craziness. At Christian Siriano models were sent down the runway all wrapped with this gregarious shade starting from sunglasses and headwear to glorious evening dresses and high heels. At Oscar de la Renta we saw a smattering of cocktail dresses and eveningwear in Flame, while at Sportmax we were taken away by those drawstring jumpsuits bursting into flames.
Have a yen to see the most flamboyant spring 2017 color trend from a different angle? Go straight to Tory Burch, where preppy style was reigning on the runway, and waste no time to make tracks for Tadashi Shoji to enjoy Flame à la Japanese. More of this shade can be seen at Givenchy, Lela Rose, Mulberry, Akris and Baja East.
Don’t really feel like bidding adieu to Airy Blue? Replace it with a new addition to the blue family. Island Paradise, the shade of refreshing aqua, stands on the 5th position on the list of the summer 2017 color trends with its power to call to mind some tropical settings. This refreshing blue shade with some green undertones is likely to fully open up on some exquisite fabrics to create the illusion of aqua.
Lela Rose and Monique Lhuillier are strongly advocating looking fresh as a daisy decked out into fragile lace dresses in Island Paradise. At Emilio Pucci things take a more windswept spin through a couple of tulle dresses exposing a pretty symbiosis of Island Paradise and Flame, while at Christian Siriano evening dresses in this shade are running the gamut from a pretty embroidered cocktail dress to a majestic bathrobe-style gown.
Altuzarra seems to have a thing for blue family this time around. Along with python printed pieces in Niagara shade, he also brought to our view a couple of checkered shirt-dresses in Island Paradise shade. Find out more charmers in the freshest shade of the spring/ summer 2017 color trends at Escada, Loewe, Vetements and Barbara Bui.
The Pantone Color Institute could not but include this peaceful shade dubbed Pale Dogwood in the spring/ summer 2017 color trends, popping up here and there from New York and London to Milan and Paris. This neutral muted pink, as subtle as flower, is game for wrapping its wearer with some pretty innocence and purity especially when used in monochromatic outfits.
Starting from an exquisite velvet outfit at Baja East and a Marabou bomber jacket at Barbara Bui to a range of monochromatic pieces at Blumarine, Pale Dogwood proves to increase feminine energy in the air.
However, if the recently erupted trend to wear one hue from head-to-toe does not resonate with your inner fashion fluctuations, there are some off-the-track colorblock offerings from the leading designers. Take that chic rust red and Pale Dogwood combination at Banana Republic or else gamble on matching a Pale Dogwood skirt with an orange top much as we see at Adam Selman.
Next on the list of the spring 2017 color trends is Greenery, a tangy yellow-green, which according to Pantone Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent. Being the color of foliage, this shade assuredly spreads healthy lifestyle around.
The appearance of this shade was quite unexpected on the runways, but during New York Fashion Week when Zac Posen served up some pretty jacquard staples in Greenery, it was crystal-clear that this shade is going through the roof.
At Alice + Olivia it was illustrative of jungles, while at Arthur Arbesser we tackled quite a unique combination of a Greenery skirt with a white sailor jacket. Michael Kors showed the freshness of this shade in combination with another spring 2017 color trend – Lapis Blue, thus upping the ante.
A glance at the spring/ summer 2017 fashion month and it’s just clear-cut that the designers fired on all cylinders to kick-start a wide scale pink revolution in the fashion circuit. Ranging from amaranth and brink pink to raspberry and ultra-pink, the runway had them all in droves. Yet it was Pink Yarrow along with Pale Dogwood that came out on top to be included in the Pantone’s list of the spring/ summer 2017 color trends.
Standing so close to magenta, Pink Yarrow can be rightly dubbed as the most attention-grabbing and luxuriant shade among the summer 2017 color trends. It’s so bold and rich, having all traits to produce an adrenaline rush.
Valentino seems to be calling shots in the Pink Yarrow festival churning out a range of flowing dresses in this shade mixed with other pink shades and also some very lovely jacquard pieces. Balenciaga’s Demnia Gvasalia intensifies this shade closing it up with purple spandex pants.
At Zac Posen and Hermès, Pink Yarrow eveningwear came into view, while at Topshop Unique a model exposed an amazing head-to-toe Pink Yarrow look.
Here is another green shade illustrative of nature and healthy lifestyle that shapes up the next spring/ summer 2017 color trend. This army shade, ideal for any outerwear piece, can be effectively rocked both in spring and fall. Next to the vibrant and neutral shades on the list, Kale can assuredly serve as the strong background.
As expected, the spring/ summer 2017 runways saw jackets and trench coats in Kale bursting at seams starting from Altuzarra’s charmers with leather belts to Bottega Veneta’s chic coat to Mulberry’s daywear pieces.
Then it was Salvatore Ferragamo to show off the whole splendor of Kale on fit and flare skirts, while at Sonia Rykiel we were taken away by that dashing leather skirt. At Versus Versace, apart from garment pieces Kale pulled off to look equally as cool on lace-up boots, sexy sandals, handbags and even sunglasses.
Yet we confidently name Balmain as the winner of the Kale festival through its shockingly shocking cutout evening dresses and high-platform sandals. Check out also Dries Van Noten, Fenty x Puma, Louis Vuitton and Sacai for more Kale numbers.
Aching for the most versatile and all-purpose color on the list of the spring 2017 fashion colors? It is definitely Hazelnut, an earthy neutral coloring, a tone lighter than the natural hazelnut, yet so warm and gentle with some royal and elegant factor to it. Most importantly, this is a shade to work like a charm all year round.
The spring/ summer 2017 runway shows came to prove the versatility of Hazelnut starting from those slouchy, ultra-cool pieces at Baja East to some elegant options at Creatures of the Wind to sexy silhouettes at Cushnie et Ochs. Do not miss those street-style chic pieces at Zadig & Voltaire, where Hazelnut was shining with all its unpretentious glory.
#11: Metallic Silver
Apart from Pantone’s top 10 spring/ summer 2017 colors, there were some other shades that appeared so frequently on the runways to be fairly included in the list of the trendy colors for 2017. Among them we noticed metallic silver shining up hill and down dale right for those, who are ready to overstep their bounds and stand out in the crowd.
Whether you opt for foil-texture-imitating evening dresses at Carolina Herrera or have an eye on those street-style chic pieces at Junya Watanabe or else the club-friendly minis at Versus Versace, you are about to make a hit.
#12: Ethereal White
Whenever you see the white color, any way you slice it, it brings you the feeling of purity, innocence and light. We saw oceans of white bride-worthy gowns attacking the runways recently and confidently claim this color as one of the spring/ summer 2017 color trends.
More often than not white gowns done in featherweight tulle or delicate lace were exquisite enough to carry them down the aisle. Have a yen for bohemian whiteness? Alberta Ferretti’s white tulle dresses, gypsy-style skirts with crop tops are quite to cover it.
At Carolina Herrera we see a series of white day dresses and some luxurious wedding-ready gowns, while Chloe capitalizes on white dresses worth to rock en route. Christian Dior’s feminist runway show could not but showcase delicate white numbers, among them that tulle dress with strapless bodice stealing the show.
White purity continues throughout the whole spring/ summer 2017 fashion month from Cushnie et Ochs and Delpozo to Dennis Basso and Oscar de la Renta.
#13: Timeless Black
The prize for the most universal color indisputably goes to timeless black. No matter where we are, enjoying spring sunrays or trembling with winter cold, black works perfectly for any season and for any occasion. No wonder that we have included black in the list of the spring 2017 color trends proceeding from the fact that some designers have dedicated whole chapters to black.
Take, for example, the Christian Siriano spring 2017 runway show, where bohemian bell-sleeved black dresses and more elegant staples were alternating each other. Alberta Ferretti’s runway show was running over with Coachella style off-the-shoulder multilayered options.
At Alexander McQueen black sheer, leg-of-mutton-sleeved dresses were riding high, while at Brandon Maxwell it was all about sexy feline girl jumpsuits in black. Go to embrace more blackness at Dolce & Gabbana, Dries Van Noten, Giambattista Valli, Balmain, Alexander Wang and more.
#14: 50 Shades of Pink
Never had much affinity for pink fashion? Be prepared to fall in love with the color of charm and sweetness come the spring season. Apart from Pale Dogwood and Pink Yarrow acknowledged by the Pantone Color Institute as two leading pinks, tons of other pink shades were also happening on the runways shaping up the next big summer 2017 color trend.
Just throw a random dart unto the pink color code and you will find any pink shade happening on the recent runways. Bubblegum pink? Look no further than Barbara Bui. Salmon Pink? Cushnie et Ochs sends it down the runway in some sexy lounge style. Finger-lickin’ good berry? Delve into Blumarine’s spring 2017 collection.
Some of the designers like Gucci’s Alessandro Michele and Valentino’s first-time-solo Pierpaolo Piccioli were literally tickled pink with pink. At Valentino we see a lovely bunch of pale pink, blush, fuchsia, deep carmine and more, while at Gucci even the runway carpet and lightning were breathing with sweet pink.
Check out Alexander Wang, Bottega Veneta, Delpozo, Fendi and Michael Kors for more pink jubilation.
#15: Passionate Red
You know red is not for any wallflower lady. Woman with a past – here is who best fills the bill for red fashion. The recent runways shows targeted passionate femme fatales as well, thus shaping up another spring/ summer 2017 color trend.
From Valentino’s burning lava red flaring maxi dresses and Christian Dior’s feminine tulle dresses in hot to Comme des Garçons’ biggest ever bold red silhouettes and Emporio Armani’s soft red numbers, passionate red is an acid test in any woman’s life.
#16: Cognac Flavor
Cognac brown is just another shade that scored points by many designers, thus finding its place on our list of the best spring 2017 color trends. This is a strong and confident shade as if giving off that dizzy cognac flavor and looking especially feminine on leather and suede.
Among so many vibrant and hilarious spring colors, this shade of brown feels kinda out of place, rather aimed for cold seasons. However, through early spring days, cognac brown outerwear would look just zero cool.
Take some effective tips from the likes of Balenciaga, Balmain, Bottega Veneta, Givenchy, Loewe and Tod’s.
#17: Sweet Lilac/ Electric Purple
The family of purples is always welcomed in any season and on any occasion. Spring’s picks this time around are sweet lilac and electric purple as its bolder and more vibrant counterpart. These two shades popping up quite frequently on the recent runways round out our list of the hottest spring/ summer 2017 color trends.
We see the runway at Emporio Armani playing hardball with these two purple shades churning out a range of silk boudoir style pants and other laid-back lovely pieces. At Marques ‘Almeida sweet lilac painted some parachute jumpsuits and a chic feather jacket, while at Monique Lhuillier is was all about sweet lilac dreamy gowns.
Want to see the winner in the electric purple competition? Balenciaga is definitely reigning in here especially when those spandex pants come into view. Explore further to find more and more purple at Delpozo, Dsquared2 and Fenty x Puma.
Photos courtesy of Vogue