If you are already sick of wearing black, gray and nude this season, you are most certainly in the need of inspiration for more vibrant looks. By involving just a hint of color in your outfits, you will be in the spotlight wherever you go. Flip through the pictures below to get an idea on how to upgrade your winter style with color.
Mixing so many colors and patterns can be a dangerous move. But with a little help from this look, you can easily stand out in the crowd.
Afropunk Festival’s street style puts all the other festivals out of the spotlight. The festival has everything from glorious colorful ensembles that celebrate the African heritage to insanely beautiful curly hair and glittery makeup looks. Attendees had two days to enjoy the performances of Solange, Princess Nokia, SZA, Thundercat, Sampha, Raphael Saadiq and more. But the real show was among the cool kids in the audience who flaunted the most striking ensembles that you couldn’t find at any other place but at the Afropunk.
The event took place at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park and closed out the street fashion for this summer. At the festival, there was a pure positive energy without phobia and discrimination. Besides the impressive street fashion, the festival supports body-positivity and diversity. There were outfits that showed a lot of skin but there was no ageism, sexism, ableism, homophobia transphobia or fatphobia to stand in the way. After all, only bold personalities can pull off such an impressive outfits.
Afropunk welcomed many musicians and activists this year. It was hard to tell who’s popular among the attendees because everyone looked like a real star. The electric colors, mixed prints, and variety of accessories made the outfits hard to miss. Many people complimented their radiant attire with bold lipsticks in neon hues that looked amazing on their melanin infused complexion. The hairstyles were as vibrant as the makeup.
Although the summer is almost gone, these outfits will make you forget that fall is knocking on the door. It’s amazing how vivid colors, striking patterns, and cool street fashion can brighten up your day. You’ll instantly feel yourself after looking at these outfits. Feast your eyes on the show-stopping street style moments from the Afropunk 2017.
In terms of color, we are going to have lots of fun in the Fall/Winter 2017 season. Opposite of the cold weather, the fall/winter color palette is much warmer. The most popular color for the upcoming season according to the Pantone Color Institute is the dynamic Grenadine. The Grenadine is a vibrant shade of red that gets all the attention. Besides the Grenadine, the classic red color will also dominate in the fashion girls’ fall/winter wardrobe. Speaking of vibrant colors, the Autumn Maple is a gorgeous burned orange hue that will be in high demand in the upcoming season.
Experts advise you combine these attention-grabbing hues with classic autumnal and winter colors such as Neutral Gray, Navy Peony, Butterum and Tawny port. The Butterum is a perfect fall mixture of cream and camel tones. The mega-popular millennial pink is known under the name Ballet Slipper and is a gorgeous dusty pale pink hue perfect for fall and winter. Ballet Slipper, Neutral Gray, and Butterum are the lightest colors in the palette. These neutral colors are easy to pair with deeper and stronger hues.
A huge surprise on the fall/winter runway shows was the neon green color. Designers showed entire outfits painted in this electric color. Like we said earlier, in the upcoming season we should expect much brighter colors than we normally have in that time of the year. Another unexpected dynamic color from the fall runway shows is the turquoise. Designers showed everything from dresses to coats in this amazing color. We normally wear turquoise in the summer but starting from this fall that is about to change. The hot fuchsia hue that was extremely popular this summer isn’t going anywhere as well. Many designers showed gowns in this vibrant color. Fuchsia might be the color of the eveningwear in the Fall/Winter 2017.
Take a look at the vibrant color trends for the Fall/Winter 2017.
While Pantone’s colors for spring 2017 were gorgeously evoking, just wait to see Pantone’s top 10 fall 2017 fashion colors from New York Fashion Week! Rich and extremely versatile, Pantone’s colors for the upcoming colder seasons will make anyone happy, from those who love more conventionally fall-inspired shades, to those who like to mix things and surprise everybody with less conventionally autumnal-inspired fashion patterns.
Although being predominantly linked to interior design, Pantone is synonymous with fashion too, as it often draws inspiration specifically from one of the most inspiring Fashion Weeks ” New York Fashion Week.
“There is a commonality between the colors we are seeing on the runway in New York and London.’ explained Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “However, individuality is evident and we are seeing a distinct difference between the shows in the two cities in the way these same colors are being combined.’
So, what are the top fall 2017 color trends according to Pantone? Let’s check them out.
#1. Grenadine 17-1558
Grenadine is one of the most dynamic and self-confident red shades, and we will surely find it everywhere from fashion to beauty (wouldn’t it be gorgeous, as a lipstick?). Described by Pantone as an “attention getter’ color, Grenadine was featured a lot in the past New York Fashion Week fall 2017, especially in collections like those of Adam Selman and Monse.
#2. Tawny Port 19-1725
While Grenadine is fun, Tawny Port is the Red Family‘s most elegant child, as its sophisticated, darker shade of red is just the perfect go-to for any fall party. Jason Wu and Nineties Queen Victoria Beckham loved it particularly, especially when used in fashionable solid-colored outfits.
#3. Ballet Slipper 13-2808
Pink will probably never stop being one of the fashion industry’s favorite colors, as proven by Pantone’s so-called Ballet Slipper, too. Soft and glamorous, this specific shade of pink will make any fall 2017 outfit trendy, elegant and jocose, which is just something everybody looks for when the fall season arrives.
Fashion designers Christian Siriano and Sies Marjan played a lot with this shade in their fall 2017 collections, often toying with different fabrics, too (this fall 2017 color is particularly suited for the upcoming autumnal fabric trends).
#4. Butterum 16-1341
Pink aside, nude and light brown colors will very likely never stop being huge fashion trends too, as suggested by Pantone’s Butterum, namely a fall-approved rich brown fashion houses such as Marc Jacobs, Rosie Assoulin and Creatures of Comfort included in their fall 2017 collections.
#5. Navy Peony 19-4029
The next two fall 2017 color trends according to Pantone are both autumn-approved and neutral, as they make it possible and incredibly easier to have fun with the other colors on this list. Navy Peony, as seen both at New York and London Fashion Weeks, is an elegantly darker shade of navy blue, which is also unapologetically vibrant.
Many fashion designers proposed garments dipped into Navy Peony, but it was with Gabriela Hearst and Phillip Lim that things went sleeker and multi-dimensional!
#6. Neutral Gray 17-4402
While gray is a universally flattering shade, Neutral Gray is Pantone’s trendiest answer to the fall 2017 neutral trend. Meant to be used either as “an accent or a head-to-toe statement shade’, Neutral Gray was fashion designers Thom Browne’s and Alexander Wang‘s favorite shade for the fall 2017 season.
#7. Shaded Spruce 19-4524
Although Greenery it Pantone’s color for 2017, it was its sister Shaded Spruce the one that got featured a lot during New York Fashion Week fall 2017. Forest-like and charming, Shaded Spruce found its best translation to fashion with Brandon Maxwell’s and Oscar de la Renta’s fall 2017 collections, which used it both for solid-colored outfits or single it-items.
#8. Golden Lime 16-0543
With yellow and green being two of the spring 2017 trendiest colors, a mixture of them both had to be feature in Pantone’s fall 2017 color trends report. Golden Lime combines an earthy green coloring with a golden yellow, creating the cheerful shade one needs to complete the most neutral-toned fall 2017 outfit of the day with, as seen, for instance, at Tory Burch and J.Crew.
#9. Marina 17-4041
Greatly featured in Raf Simons’ debut with Calvin Klein, Marina is one of the forthcoming fall 2017 season’s most anticipated colors, as it is both cheerful and elegant. Perfect when combined with white, red, gray, and ivory, Marina will bring “freshness and brightness” to any of your fall 2017 outfits.
#10. Autumn Maple 17-1145
Last but not least, here we are with this fall 2017 “quintessential autumn color’, Autumn Maple. Evocative and richly textured, Autumn Maple is the it color of fall 2017, as seen on catwalks such as those of Coach 1941 and Proenza Schouler.
Photos courtesy of Pantone, Vogue
Pantone has finally announced its color of the year for 2017, and you will love it! After surprising us with two colors of the year in 2016, the Pantone Color Institute went back to its origins with only one color for this upcoming 2017, the official name of which will quickly put you in a good mood: Greenery.
Greenery, also known as Pantone 15-0343, is a bright, rich grass green that instantly reminds us of springtime, and which truly brings joy in whoever looks at it. The Pantone Color Institute chose Greenery as the 2017 color of the year specifically for these reasons, as it’s “symbolic of new beginnings’, and it really makes us heave a sigh of relief after the past (honestly quite forgettable) 12 months.
“Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate,’ explained the Pantone Color Institute in an official press release. “A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.’
This time around, the Pantone Color Institute focused on a color that could evoke peaceful and harmonious feelings of happiness, and that could make us stop whatever we are doing and, for a few seconds, just enjoy the natural environment that surrounds us. We bet this sort of chromo-therapy is specifically meant for those who live in big, traffic-congested cities, which don’t get to see greenish scenery that often.
As for what concerns fashion and design, Greenery has a lot “to say’, too, as its incredible versatility makes it extremely easy to pair it with a great variety of different colors.
Greenery makes great color pairs not only with the spring/ summer 2017 color trends, including the top 10 Pantone colors for 2017, but also with Rose Quartz and Serenity, which were the colors of the year for 2016. Match it with bright colors, neutrals, nudes, pastels and metallics, and you are sure to walk out the door looking radiant and fresh.
Although the Pantone Color Institute does not choose its color of the year based on what kind of shades the spring/summer, fall/winter and resort collections will mostly showcase and focus on, its yearly influence is inevitable. Let’s take, for example, Rose Quartz. Its jocose influence is still visible today, and will, moreover, keep on claiming fashion victims throughout the forthcoming year, too (although in a more bubblegum shade).
We definitely bet Greenery will have its fashion estimators as well, and that we are about to be overwhelmed with plenty of Greenery-infused fashions soon!
Photos courtesy of Pantone, Livingly
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 ‘evening-wear’ 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 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 Herm, Pink Yarrow evening-wear 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 Gar’s 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
After seeing all the different incredible shows on the New York Fashion Week spring 2017 runways, we have been treated to the top 10 spring/ summer 2017 colors by color expert company Pantone. It appears that many of the spring 2017 Pantone colors can already be found in our closets and that is a lovely thought.
The color analysis was released on Monday in order to coincide with the end of the NYFW, with so many of them used with the collections that are part of the “see-now-buy-now’ lines that are available for the fall season of 2016. “Obviously, that’s a really important part of where the fashion industry is headed,’ Pantone Color Institute executive director Leatrice Eiseman told WWD on Monday.
“You have to look at things and ask would people say, ‘I love that color. I want it now.’ For us, it also plays into that whole idea of transitional seasons and offering options that are not just typical of seasons.’
It is really nice to see the color predictions coming in early in any case, though those doing the predictions of which colors would be the best received for the coming season certainly had their work cut out for them. This is especially the case when designers opted to blend in multiple hues, often as many as 9-10, and the experts had to pick them out and add to their data accordingly, in order to give an accurate analysis as possible.
On the New York Fashion Week alone there were 119 shows with color ranges that could be truly wacky or utterly inspiring. At the end of the day though, it is a question of numbers and how many people use certain variations of colors, all quite interesting but also tedious work it appears for us non-experts in this particular aspect of the business.
As tomorrow is the first day of fall and the spring 2017 Pantone colors are available from now, the seasons not being an issue, we so look forward to showing up in hues that are perfectly lovely, albeit meant for wearing a few months later. Though with hues like Kale and Hazelnut included, it is rather hard not to see them work well with the fall and winter seasons as well.
There are a few foodie colors included in this top 10 list actually, from the pink yarrow that is like a red beet to the greenery that reminds us of avocado toast. The spring/ summer 2017 colors, obviously, are not only for the women but for the male fashion lovers as well who generally may tend towards the muted hues such as Niagara and Lapis, though the more adventurous could definitely pull off the red-orange hue Flame, or the Primrose Yellow, though some designers have been pushing the gender boundaries using these colors throughout their collections.
The sense of imagination was felt clearly throughout the first batch of shows and the Pantone experts have certainly felt it. The final conclusion? The spring season will be focusing on the more accessible and flexible colors as a reflection of an ever-evolving society.
As Eiseman noted, “Designers applied color in playful, yet thoughtful and precise combinations to fully capture the promises, hope and transformation that we yearn for each spring.’
What exactly are all 10 colors of the Pantone spring 2017 palette included in their semi-annual report?
#1. Niagara 17-4123
Altuzarra certainly held a certain love for this gorgeous hue that is reminiscent of a mighty waterfall, often escribed as the denim color on the top 10 list. It is a soft blue hue, a gentle denim wash really, and it can be matched with near anything. It has appeared on Carolina Herrera‘s ball gowns, as translucent detailing for Zac Posen, and so much more.
#2. Primrose Yellow 13-0755
This is a buttery, sunny yellow that can be seen all over the runway and is versatile enough to be worn in both the cooler and warmer weathers. This one reminds us of nature and goodness, of delightful days and interesting nights. It can be easily paired with Island Paradise and Hazelnut.
#3. Lapis Blue 19-4045
Navy blues are always loved on the runway and on the streets, offering the slimming factor of black but still giving the outfit a colorful edge. The Lapis blue has lots of vitality to it and an inner energy and radiance that we certainly can get used to.
It is a versatile color, not boring in the least, anchoring and looking great with most other hues on the list. It is the color of the gorgeous stone known as lapis lazuli, the richness of the shade great for long autumn dresses as well as lovely accessories used over the next few seasons.
#4. Flame 17-1462
Bright and easy to pair with nearly everything else, this is a top color for spring 2017 on the Pantone top 10 that Tory Burch rather loved to utilize and we have seen on so many runway shows overall.
It would look great with gentler hues and perfect for autumn and spring athleisure outfits. This is a gregarious hue with lots of heat and is totally into the dramatic entrance. Check out Rag & Bone, Gabriela Hearst and Lela Rose for more options.
#5. Island Paradise 14-4620A
If you like things more on the tropical, refreshingly cool blue side of the color scheme, you will love the Island Paradise addition to the palette, with Victoria Beckham including it on her velvet dresses, Lela Rose on her lace dress and it was simply astounding when Christian Siriano mixed the shade in with the more fiery Flame top color.
It looks great on dresses and is perfectly made for the spring, while still managing to look incredible for the autumn months. Below-the-knee dresses would be best with this, with any kind of sleeve, preferably with a lacy layout.
#6. Pale Dogwood 13-1404
As lovely as the flower is, the subtle pale dogwood shade is perfect for all seasons. The muted shade of pink is lovely and can be worn specifically with browns and richer colors, the Flame also popping to mind as a great choice.
Banana Republic showed great love for Pale Dogwood. It was seen as an extension to the Rose Quartz hue that was reigning big of late, and one of the better combinations seen has been with the lovely Kale.
#7. Greenery 15-0343
When you long for the great outdoors and desire to bring it to the world of your fashion, this is what comes out of it. The shade is lovely, reminds us of avocados and wild plants, and gets us thinking about a healthy lifestyle.
#8. Pink Yarrow 17-2034
Red beets anyone? This is a rather feminine color and totally lovable, used extensively in cosmetics over the years. Add it to a garment and Pantone color experts are positive it will only get you compliments.
Nanette Lepore’s collection beautifully showcased this and we cannot be happier with the results. It is vibrant and bold and perfect for some leather patchwork as seen on the Roberto Cavalli runway.
#9. Kale 18-0107
Since greens and nature and lovely bits only found outside are a top trend for the colors on the top 10 spring 2017 hues, it certainly makes sense to include some Kale. It is more of an army green color and that is perfect for the fall season.
It can be seen on DKNY in some more spring and summer style clothing, such as micro shorts and bralettes, but it looks equally as awesome on an army jacket or silken trousers you can wear to work.
#10. Hazelnut 14-1315
While true hazelnut coloring is much darker than this particular very neutral and entirely versatile hue, it was certainly a shade that caught one’s attention as being perfect for a year round party. It is light and gentle, without added effects, allowing you to blend in or stand out, depending on how you dress it up.
Baja East brought us some awesome Hazelnut designs, particularly in the overs over an oversized fringed sweater look. Perfect must-have for the moment as well as the coming season!
Photos courtesy of Pantone
We are done with the fall 2016 fashion weeks moving from New York to London, Milan to Paris, each one of the fashion cities working like a charm and pushing forward its own vision over feminine allure and charisma. And now time is ripe to go through all the runway shows unveiled with a fine-tooth comb to identify the major shades calling the tune and to bring to your attention the fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trends, using Pantone Color Institute’s fashion color report as the base, but also all the other colors utilized by the fashion houses and designers.
Update: Check out the new Spring/ Summer 2017 Color Trends!
According to Pantone, fall 2016 color palette is a unity of strength, confidence and complexity led by the Blue family and followed by earth tones and exuberant pops of vibrant colors, all of them working well to struggle against the contemporary turbulent life and to bring about a tad more tranquility and optimism around. Here are top 10 fashion colors for fall 2016 with their official appellations cherry-picked by Pantone’s leading experts and making an encouraging vast palette together with other oft-appearing shades spotted by us on the runway shows:
Riverside – Pantone 17-4028
Airy Blue – Pantone 14-4122
Sharkskin – Pantone 17-3914
Aurora Red – Pantone 18-1550
Warm Taupe – Pantone 16-1318
Dusty Cedar – Pantone 18-1630
Lush Meadow – Pantone 18-5845
Spicy Mustard – Pantone 14-0952
Potter’s Clay – Pantone 18-1340
Bodacious – Pantone 17-3240
The roster of the fall/ winter 2016 color trends is led by Riverside, a cool and calming blue that is literally stuck between serious navy blue and vibrant cobalt blue. It has some sense of confidence and tenacity to it, yet raising utmost excitement, sophistication and a dose of mystery within us. To be more exact in the description, just take any navy or cobalt blue, blow some cigarette smoke on it and you will get what the Pantone Color Institute has contrived to call Riverside. It might be its confidence-begetting property or the feature to work perfectly well with nigh any other shade that has greatly stimulated the majority of fashion designers to include this cool shade in their fall/winter 2016 collections.
Whether this shade is effectuated on monochromatic versions or used to dream up crazy colorblocks or maybe serving as the perfect shade for prints and embellishments we love it across the board. But it is beyond doubt that Riverside might put more bums on seats when worked out on shimmering velvet or when perfused with some sparkles and twinkles, while Riverside leather is just zero cool.
We see Lacoste offering us many Riverside bounties under the guise of a velvet sportive tracksuit, a velvet laid-back dress or a noir trench coat looking vertiginous with Aurora Red knee-high boots to just once more manifest this color’s versatility. At Rebecca Minkoff and Zadig & Voltaire we see leather jackets in this shade all wrapped with streetwise twist, while the leather trench coat spotted at Céline paired with an Airy Blue turtleneck is a Riverside version on the background of flickering lights in the streets.
Want more of this color? Make a beeline for H&M, Ellery, Issey Miyake, Rag & Bone, Trussardi, Sonia Rykiel and Michael Kors for other chic everyday options. Check out Chanel as well to find some denim accents on pink-purple pieces with some Peter Pan syndrome to them. And if you are aching for some luxurious Riverside eveningwear, think no further but Jenny Packham and Luisa Beccaria for more gee-whiz looks.
#2: Airy Blue
The Blue dynasty was indubitably rocking throughout all the four 2016 fashion weeks playing with all its possible shades and exploring all the avenues ranging from icy blue to cobalt and navy blues. But it is Riverside together with Airy Blue destined to govern over other blue members. If Riverside is more angled at stability and confidence, Airy Blue, the fall version of Serenity (the winning color of spring 2016 together with Rose Quartz) is to take anyone to a xanadu of freedom, tranquility and weightlessness. What’s more, it makes perfect combos with Riverside and unique, fresh approaches with Lush Meadow, Taupe or Dusty Cedar on the list.
Michael Kors seems to be head over heels in love with blue shades. He has come up with mixing these two winner blue shades, with Airy Blue taking more space though. Monochromatic outerwear or some versions with botanical motifs mingled with knitted sweaters immediately drive us at preppy style but leave it to those fur pieces and handbags in Airy Blue to set the tone around.
Oscar de La Renta‘s interpretation of Airy Blue is, however, more enlivening and with more powerful potential to blow away the cobwebs whether you look at the goat fur vest, the mind-blowing evening gown showing pictorially the Riverside-Airy Blue compatibility, the cocktail dress with blue sparkles or at those romantic detachable furry collars. We see this eye-soothing shade at Versace as well but a little bit lighted from within and also at Fendi, MSGM, Sonia Rykiel and Celine peeping out here and there. Dolce & Gabbana‘s Cinderella dress was surely painted in this angelic blue shade, while at Elie Saab and Stella McCartney things take more sensual spin through Airy Blue intimate lace.
Grey palette has always been in attendance at fall/winter runway shows year in year out, but it came as an aha moment for us this time that it is Sharkskin to work triumphantly all over the map whether with bright or muted shades, whether in everyday life or on special occasions. Through fashion houses using this stable shade in abundance we are now bumping into another grand fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trend to embrace our wardrobes soon enough.
We see Sharkskin brought forefront through fall outerwear at Marissa Webb, while at Nicholas K. head-to-toe Sharkskin outfits with shimmering silk in between have it made in the shade to create futuristic and struggling milieu around. At Stella McCartney we can see some monochromatic grey numbers, but also a grey-scarlet red combination to dictate a cool colorblock worth to follow come the cold days.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have also touched on this pair-able shade and as a result we see a couple of featherweight dresses and turtlenecks worn beneath ballerina shimmering tutus at Valentino. For classic and timeless trousers head to Zac Posen or else check Demna Gvasalia’s debut collection for Balenciaga.
And to get a wee bit sophistication and splendor hotfoot it right to Christopher Kane and Creatures of the Wind to seize Sharkskin caressing or to Acne Studio to feast eyes on lacquered grey pieces. But if you have already caught those royal Sharkskin pieces at Balmain, you have crossed the Rubicon; you are spellbound forever and ever.
#4: Aurora Red
The fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trends also offer up oceans of red shades ranging from burgundy and carmine to crimson and scarlet. But chalk it up to Aurora Red to let no grass grow under feet coming as the fourth trendy color of the upcoming fall/winter seasons. This is bold Red with some sensual and warm undertones, not so bold as burgundy and not so vibrant as crimson, but wrapped with some mysterious dust. According to Pantone’s Institute, this gets the metaphorical blood of the palette pumping.
We see the blood in its most vigorous and zealous pumping at Christian Siriano through a range of outfits painted in Aurora Red from alpha to omega starting from models’ lips to their footwear. There is no room for doubt any more that delicate, shimmering velvet is one of the grandest fashion trends this fall, a fabric type to lend extra chic to Aurora Red. Need some manifestation? Haider Ackermann, Akris and Derek Lam come up with this ravishing decision. We see subtle lace pieces in Aurora Red for everyday life at Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Alberta Ferretti and at Moschino’s semi-burnt and tattered runway show.
Aurora Red-Sharkskin combination seems to be second to none but if you run an eye over Alexis Mabille’s off-the-wall decision to match this shade with coral you will be agreeably surprised, for sure. Bibhu Mohapatra has also included many red monochromatic gowns or other pieces with red accents in his collection up to appearing at the end of the show with an Aurora Red scarf to greet everyone heartily, while at Blumarine, Gucci and Saint Laurent we can get a soupcon of soft fur in this sensual shade. To take your look to a more sensual level, stop at Marchesa or Elie Saab for some lofty splendid evening gowns.
#5: Warm Taupe
The next stability and reassurance-emanating color that has embraced the fall/winter runway shows many a time and oft is neutral Warm Taupe, characterized by Pantone as trusted, organic and grounded and approachable enough to be matched with each of the 9 colors on the list. If it is about the fall season, then it comes as no surprise to see timeless trench coats in spades down the streets and if it is about trench coats, then Warm Taupe is sure to be up hill and down dale.
We see many trench coats in this neutral shade at Chanel, Derek Lam, Max Mara and Nina Ricci whether cinched tightly with a belt or unbuttoned nonchalantly, but to look and feel more eccentric, Balenciaga has an offer to intentionally pull down the shoulders of your trench. At Celine we witness a couple of long vests, Karen Walker goes all leather in Warm Taupe, while at Loewe we see this shade materialized on maxi skirts with asymmetrical hemlines.
At Ralph Lauren, Warm Taupe is mixed and matched with other taupe shades, a tone darker or lighter, while at Valentino a real festival of Warm Taupe is taking place ranging from long coats and knitted pieces to some ethereal, splendid tulle gowns to throw anyone into equilibrium.
#6: Dusty Cedar
We might get carried away by this warm and welcoming shade of muted pink that the Pantone Color Institute has called Dusty Cedar and which comes as one of the best fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trends to warm the cockles of our hearts. Many of us might still be under the relaxing impression of Rose Quartz embracing spring 2016 that is going to be dusted a little bit come the fall season and come out as another chill-out shade of Dusty Cedar that many fashion designers have got enamored with.
Among them are Costume National, Paul Smith and Ermanno Scervino with fall-worthy outerwear pieces and the ethnic Etro to use this delicious shade on a velvet bomber jacket or else mix it with labyrinthine prints. At Fausto Puglisi this nectarous shade is running the gamut appearing either on a blazer fragment, covering a geometrical shape on a knitted sweater or else teaming with purple and Persian green to shape a vertiginous gown.
Dusty Cedar has also been spotted at Issey Miyake and Luisa Beccaria, while at Miu Miu it is just what those denim pieces are screaming to match with. At Chanel, where warm shades are playing with full blast, we see a lovely tweed skirt suit in Dusty Cedar but slightly brightened up from within a la Karl Lagerfeld.
#7: Lush Meadow
The appellation of the next fall 2016 color trend speaks for itself being suggestive of some rich foliage and bringing about utmost elegance, sophistication and swagger. Whether it is used on garment pieces or just on some accessories, come-hither looks are assured. Many fashion designers take a gamble to include this rich shade in their fall/winter 2016 collections that seems to be not so easily approachable at first blush, but then we catch Karl Lagerfeld’s wavy ruffled collection for Fendi impregnated with Lush Meadow and at times triumphantly matched with navy blue. At Marni Lush Meadow pants look more than harmonious with Warm Taupe shirts.
But leave it to Barbara Bui to create streetwise chic through a bevy of leather dresses, pants, blazers and even knee-high boots in this shade and to appear on the stage herself decked out into a Lush Meadow silk shirt. Iceberg, Tory Burch, Martin Grant, Roland Mouret and Monique Lhuillier are also among those fashion houses chipped in this color trend formation. And if you are still mulling over its swagger twist, there is no better incarnation of it than Gucci’s numbers in the guise of a scintillating tube dress and a warm green-orange outerwear to struggle against the brass monkey weather soon.
#8: Spicy Mustard
Spicy Mustard comes as one of the most vibrant fall/ winter 2016 color trends that will add some exotic and zesty touches to any outfit, speaking about its carrier’s living in clover. As it would be expected, it’s not spring-worthy sunny yellow, bereft of any shimmering rays, but instead squirted with some spices to become a little bit muted and out-and-out fall-worthy.
The fall/winter 2016 fashion weeks find many a designer embracing this spicy shade, some of them dreaming up head-to-toe Spicy Mustard outfits, while others inserting some prints, embellishments or accessories in this shade. We see Chloe going for all the marbles and rendering out an incorporeal tulle dress, while those leather boots in mustard shade happening at high frequency are synched up to the overall adventurous spirit of the Chloe fall/winter 2016 runway show. But it looks equally spicy against the semi-burnt and dilapidated background of the Moschino show as well appearing either on a gown or on a bow-top.
Valentino touches upon the more delicate and tender side of Spicy Mustard materializing it on a couple of velvet dresses or else using it for some lovely embellishments on taupe tulle dresses. We see a smattering of velvet pieces in this spicy shade at Arthur Arbesser, Emilio Pucci and 3.1 Phillip Lim as well, the latter also giving birth to a range of ankle boots in mustard velvet. At Roberto Cavalli and Jenny Packham things take a more haute couture spin catering us to a couple of layered gowns all wrapped in ruffles or undulations, while at Rodarte, Sportmax, Acne Studios and Creatures of the Wind Spicy Mustard starts playing with all its glory through fall-worthy outerwear pieces.
Gucci’s interpretation of Spicy Mustard is furry but also sailing right through exotic eyeglasses and turbans, while at Fendi, Balenciaga and Max Mara we detect some very cool handbags in this shade. And if you still need some more manifestation of this color’s brightening and enlivening potential look to that gothic collection by Marc Jacobs with a number impregnated with Spicy Mustard fur and other accents instantly throwing a piece of light on the runway.
#9: Potter’s Clay
For those having a soft spot for earthy shades, Potter’s Clay comes as the best one among them all through its strong foundation and lovely hybrid of brown and Russet orange, evocative of fall rustling foliage. So it comes as no surprise to see this pleasant shade gilding many fall/winter runway shows this year and taking its stand among the fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trends.
At Anna Sui’s psychedelic runway show we see a couple of laid-back dresses in Potter’s Clay mixed with some paisleys or floral prints but also an amazing goat fur cropped jacket and velvet knee-high boots to catch general attention instantly. At Isabel Marant we bump into a smattering of knitted pieces in this shade, while at Tibi and Trussardi Potter’s Clay feels completely at ease beaming over on a range of suede, silk and leather pieces.
At Trussardi and Akris we also observe many knee-high boots so easily and versatile to mix and match with any possible shade while at Prada and Vanessa Seward some cool coats in Potter’s Clay come into view. You are off the track thinking that Potter’s Clay functions the best for outerwear or footwear.
It works perfectly for dresses as well like we see at DKNY, Tibi, Trussardi and Givenchy, the latter using this shade in a psychedelic illusion print taking reins throughout the whole runway show. And if you are after some unique colorblock solutions you would probably appreciate the Potter’s Clay-dark purple combination appearing at Trussardi.
Among all the pink-purple shades it is Bodacious that has mostly enchanted fashion designers thus shaping up one of the fall/ winter 2016 fashion color trends. This bright, rich purple with some pink undertones to it is wrapped with coquettish milieu, simultaneously functioning effectively for versatile color combinations. Seeing this shade vagabonding through cold seasons is somewhat bizarre, but spreading tranquility and composure around is on the agenda at this juncture, which is handled by contemporary fashion designers, as well.
Among them is Oscar de la Renta with the exceptional gusto for evening gowns that has given birth to a couple of spellbinding frocks either with some froufrou surface or with undulating hems. At Topshop Unique the delicacy of Bodacious is reduplicated when materialized on lace bringing forth an exquisite mini dress and a midi skirt both of them radiating utmost intimacy and sensuality.
A tweed skirt suit at Chanel instantly mollifies, while at Gucci a fur coat in a more bleached version of Bodacious with a tonal rose at the collar is endlessly caressing. We see this bright purple at Karen Walker as well under the guise of some stripes and geometrical shapes, while at Kenzo it comes to life via animal prints on skirts, tops and coats.
We see the whole richness of Bodacious at Lacoste whether we cast an eye on a hooded sporty dress or on a lacquered coat. But its romantic side is best revealed at Dolce & Gabbana on tons of 3D flowers scattered all over the map up to shaping lovely headbands and other hair accessories.
#11: Navy Blue & Cobalt Blue
If there is one color to play with all its shades possible throughout fall/winter 2016 runway shows, it is the powerful blue that is surely getting ahead of other colors. Apart from Riverside and Airy Blue leading Pantone’s list of fall 2016 top 10 colors, navy blue and cobalt blue have also been frequenters from New York to London, Milan to Paris. Myriads of designers have given their preference to these blue shades to embrace their collections, at times appearing on a couple of numbers, but at times occurring so frequently as to overshadow other colors on the runways.
The nautical tableaux at Tommy Hilfiger could not but render out a range of naval officer coats and also silk baby doll dresses in the navy blue shade. We see the same style navy blue coats at John Galliano as well, but we particularly love those sheer navy blue slip dresses as if to be a fragment of wind and adventurous sporty shoes and newsboy hats. We meet a pretty navy blue-cobalt blue juxtaposition at Balenciaga and Stella Jean and another lovely overlapping of cobalt blue with teal at Altuzarra’s fall 2016 runway show running over with unique colorblocks.
These blue shades look vertiginous on cocktail dresses in particular. Cases in point are a cobalt blue dress with wasp waist and wavy hemlines at Esteban Cortazar, another stunner with turtleneck at David Koma, a sequined maxi dress at Dior or a silk lingerie-style dress at Gareth Pugh. But to savor more sophistication there is Trussardi with its navy blue tulle skirts and Emanuel Ungaro with the cobalt blue delicate fur around.
#12: Khaki & Olive Green
The safari style has been all over the board at the recent fall/winter runway shows and it can’t be helped to revel in khaki and olive green shades circulating all the while with all their earth-gravitating spirit. We see the 3.1 Phillip Lim collection at New York Fashion Week all saturated with a khaki and olive green mishmash with some Spicy Yellow accents in between ” many slouchy pants, puffed jackets and tops with a lot of ropes swinging to and fro, the whole shooting match screaming an adventuresome journey. Ports 1961 also jumps at this safari bandwagon, while at Topshop Unique we greet heartily those khaki outerwear designs with some military dashes to them.
We are carried away by that khaki amazon girl outfit at Vera Wang and those business-world-worthy olive green dresses at Boss. But to catch some A-1 and out-of-sight khaki pieces Nina Ricci pops up with its fur outerwear and delectable skirts and dresses with sparkles and twinkles all over. Some khaki and olive green pieces have also been spotted at Sportmax, Dior and Valentino.
#13: Metallic Touches
Metallic silver, gold, bronze and at times even some pink and blue can assuredly be included in the best fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trends with frosted dashes to them. At Zimmermann metallic bronze, grey and baby blue dresses with poetic sleeves look gorgeous as all get-out, while at Jil Sander metallic dresses can easily pass off as tin plates. We observe a metallic skirt suit and a dress at Chanel, a glamorous pantsuit derived from the swinging ’60s at Roberto Cavalli, a mirror-like sensual slip dress at Cushnie et Ochs and a range of metallic golden stunners at Off-White effectively matched with Aurora Red.
At Ellery we run across blue and red dresses with puffed sleeves, while Vivienne Westwood takes the metallic golden shade to a sportive level through a puffed coat. You will be undeniably beguiled by a sophisticated metallic grey gown at Reem Acra or by a panache frock at Marc Jacobs, but the inimitably marvelous prize goes to a bleached yellow metallic gown with reflecting effect we have spotted at Ralph Lauren.
#14: Tangerine & Coral
Tangerine and coral have high potential to impart physical energy, jubilation and felicity, exactly what we need in the 21st century full of stresses. Dreaming up their fall/winter 2016 collections with this statement in mind, contemporary fashion designers have taken the plunge to wine and dine us with a great deal of tangerine and coral garment pieces and accessories thus forming another grand color trend for the upcoming fall season.
It is undeniably Akris to have thrown a tangerine light unto its runway show that is literally knee-deep in this enlivening color whether on dresses, pants and sweaters or leather knee-high boots and handbags. The ruffled coral tops at Fendi look super eye-soothing in combination with navy blue, while the coral trench coats at Boss come as very lucrative investments in the fall season and more.
At Alexis Mabille coral trenches, a lingerie-style skirt or a pajama-resembling outfit have some mollifying twist to them and the coral combination with pink is really encouraging at Chanel. For more sophistication switch to Jenny Packham to get hands on tangerine lace pieces or to Giambattista Valli to revel in a coral halter-neck gown all wrapped with loveliness.
#15: Electric Fuchsia & Pink
Electric fuchsia and pink able to instantly brighten up any murky atmosphere have also made to the fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trends list, appearing either on monochromatic pieces or as statement accessories. Number one aficionado of bright pinks might become Karl Lagerfeld to design a series of fuchsia or pink tweed skirt suits for Chanel and to make them even more finger-licking good in combination with tonal boots and pork hats.
We see lovely bright pink pieces with some sugar feeling to them at Jenny Packham and Boss, while at Just Cavalli pink is more coquettish and flirting. We spot bright fuchsia shimmering gloriously on delicate silk at Oscar de la Renta and Moschino, while the deepest deep fuchsia can be caught at Gucci on a pantsuit unexpectedly teamed with an Aurora Red furry coat. But fuchsia can also reveal its futuristic side ” cases in point are those geometrical pieces spotted at Junya Watanabe.
#16: Blackest Black
Black is always in style and will be forever and ever, for sure. Whether it is spring or fall, nigh every fashion designer includes this color in his/her collection and it never throws in its towel to function perfectly for any life occasion. But the upcoming cold seasons seem to be in a closer association with black finding many designers to dedicate a chapter of their collections to black, while others entirely blackening their fall 2016 runway shows.
We see black occupying a great space at creative designer-less Dior up to painting the models’ lips with black; at Zuhair Murad black lace and velvet are in abundance; black is the main color at Givenchy fall 2016 runway show as well with some brown and taupe in between and with a smattering of red to bring vibrancy around, while at Alexander McQueen black oversized coats are embellished with fuchsia embroidery for pretty contrast.
One of the most practical fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trends, black together with different grey shades appears at Marc Jacobs as well and those black smudged eyes of the models are to scare the bejesus out of us. And if you cannot get enough of black, no sweat! There is still Anthony Vaccarello, Nicholas K., Rodarte and Vera Wang around.
#17: Sweet Lilac
So bright, feminine and uplifting, lilac forms one of the most difficult fall/ winter 2016-2017 color trends, since pulling it off during all those rainy, cloudy and frosty days is somehow impossible, unless you live in such sun-kissed cities as LA. It, however, makes a perfect color even for the colder seasons for special occasions, when you want to stand out of the crowd with your statement-making outfit. You can try an accent of lilac or wear it from head to toe, like the models did it on the runway at Kenzo, Miu Miu, Michael Kors, Roberto Cavalli and Tod’s.
#18: Powdery Pastel Colors
Who said pastels are only for the warmer seasons? At least, you can easily wear them during the first months of fall, when the sun is still shining and you don’t want to give in to the gloomy shades so easily. Definitely one of the most delicate fall 2016 color trends, pastel blues, pinks, mints and touches of peach appeared on the runways in abundance, but we especially liked the way those were brought to the cold months by Versace, Balmain, Carven, Givenchy, Kenzo, Alexander Mcqueen and Michael Kors.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
The New York Fashion Week is as loud as it can get, with modern and edgy collections being debuted every day. Let’s admit that sometimes all that storm of fashion trends predicted to sweep over your city in a matter of months is too much to handle. So, while your mind is busy digesting all the prints and cuts you’ve witnessed so far, let us break down the major color trends expected to take over the 2016 fall season. The Pantone Color Institute’s new fashion report gives some insight about the top 10 colors of fall 2016 and shades that will soon invade the upcoming fall fashion. Also, you can check out our full fall 2016 color trend report based on the recent runway shows.
1. Aurora Red
We’ve already seen a lot of red during the NYFW and something tells us we’ll be seeing it more as the Fashion Weeks rolls over to the other fashion capitals. Aurora Red and similar shades will soon receive their stares during Christian Siriano and Bibhu Mohapatra’s fashion shows. The latter has already announced to have used Empress Red in the collection. A little red never hurt nobody!
2. Warm Taupe
We just finalized Iris Von Arnim’s and Cushnie et Ochs‘ fall/winter 2016-2017 collections, which had some of the most seductive Taupe on our list. According to Pantone, this close-to-nude (for some skin colors) shade will be prevalent in the upcoming fall season. And it might take more than a Kim Kardashian coat, maybe entire outfits. Similar shades like Cameo Pink, Espresso Brown, Cognac and Champagne will also be hot in the stores.
3. Lush Meadow
As fall brings its yellows and golds, make sure to have the trendiest green in your wardrobe. A perfect match for the warm earthy colors common in this season, this and similar shades of green will bring some positivity into your outfits. Let your charms remain evergreen!
4. Dusty Cedar
In a year of Rose Quartz, you just need some pink in your life! The exquisite shade of Dusty Cedar is one great pink shade to consider this year. Can’t find the exact shade? Go for Inca Gold, found in Rachel Pally’s collection this season.
5. Potter’s Clay
Inject the warmth of Potter’s Clay into your fall fashion, although a very traditional shade for the season. An alternative shade you can use as a substitute is the Mustard Orange, found in Kung Katherine’s new collection. One more alternative for this shade also made the Pantone list, read on to find out.
A flirty shade from purple-violet tango is a result of more gender-neutral choices we’ve seen on the runways lately, that’s according to Pantone. Bodacious is a slightly stronger shade of the pastel violet, which, together with pastel pink, literally ruled the beauty industry last year. There will be major orchid-inspired shades in collections by Rubin Singer and, hopefully, others.
7. Spicy Mustard
And there you have it, the alternative shade to Mustard Orange and Potter’s Clay. Spicy Mustard is warm, yet refreshing, with a tiny bit of citrus hue. Some of the color-blocked pieces by Charles & Ron use Saffron Yellow, very close to the hot Spicy Mustard chosen by Pantone.
50 Shades of Grey is out-of-date; next season you’ll need only one shade of grey, and it’s Sharkskin. This, in fact, is a very flexible choice you can match with both warm and cold colors. Nicholas K came very close to Sharkskin this season‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë¬¨‚àÇ well, much darker actually, a very mysterious Carbon.
Whether it’s confidence and security we need, as insisted by Pantone, or simply the absence of blues we’ve been craving for in the past few years, this season you have a lot of blue in the trend-book! Riverside has been picked as one of the most popular shades of blue for fall 2016.
10. Airy Blue
Completing the top 10 fall 2016 colors by Pantone is another blue shade. Together with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Serenity, Airy Blue is a lighter version for those who like softness for fall. A more vibrant shade, Cobalt Blue is favored by Nicole Miller, Little Boy Blue by Yoana Baraschi.
Photos courtesy of Pantone