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Fashion Designers’ Colour Trends Autumn 2013

Posted on March 7, 2013

For more than 20 years, Pantone, the global authority on colour, has surveyed the fashion designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring you the season’s most important colour trends. The Pantone report previews the most prominent hues for Autumn 2013.

Fashion Designers’ Colour Trends Autumn 2013

Women’s Fashion Colours Autumn 2013

This season, designers express the many moods of Autumn with skillfully arranged collections that will enhance and enliven customers’ outlooks as the colder months set in. Similarly, colours come together to create moods that range from sophisticated and structured to lively and vivid, encapsulating our inherent need for wardrobe variety to reflect emotions that run from thoughtfully introspective to irrepressibly elated. “Just as the leaves change in Autumn, the consumer will enjoy the ability to change their ‘look’ and try a new approach to their wardrobe for brisk days ahead,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “The Autumn 2013 palette allows for that versatility and experimentation.”

With the changing season, the greens from Spring evolve and develop. Multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate, bringing luxury and elegance to the palette, while yellow-toned Linden Green brings a lightness and brightness to the deeper shades of Autumn. Try pairing both with Mykonos Blue, a bold, meditative blue, for a classic and relaxed Autumn look.

Fashion Designers' Colours Autumn 2013 Women's Colours

Women’s Colours – Fashion Designers’ Colours Autumn 2013 (Pantone)

Exotic Acai adds mystery and richness to the palette, and can be incorporated with the other colours to create a number of powerful Autumn combinations. Pair the elegant shade of purple with Emerald for a regal disposition, or spirited Samba red for an expressive and dramatic look. Koi, a decorative orange with dazzling and shimmering qualities, is a statement colour that serves as a pick-me-up for your wardrobe. Vivacious, an unruly and wildly deep fuchsia, adds an ebullient sensuality to the palette.

Images of Fashion Designers' Colours Autumn 2013 Women's Colours

Women’s Colours – Fashion Designers’ Colours Autumn 2013 (Pantone)

Pair Vivacious with anchoring Deep Lichen Green, a naturally lush shade of green, for a dynamic juxtaposition that captures both ends of the seasonal spectrum. Rounding out this season’s cornerstone colours, Turbulence, a dark mercurial gray, and Carafe, a rich, glamorous brown, provide more interesting and sophisticated alternatives to the black basics usually worn in colder months. Both staple neutrals pair gracefully with more expressive colours within the palette, such as Samba, Koi and Vivacious.

Men’s Fashion Colours Autumn 2013

This season, more than ever, there is a shift towards a unisex colour palette. Similar to the women’s palette, the versatility of the men’s colours for Autumn 2013 allows for more experimentation as the weather cools.

Images of Fashion Designers' Colours Autumn 2013 Men's Colours

Men’s Colours – Fashion Designers’ Colours Autumn 2013 (Pantone)

Luxurious Emerald, a sophisticated and vivid green, should be paired with Mykonos Blue or Linden Green for a clean and classic look. Acai adds exotic mystery when paired with bold statement colours like Samba, while Koi remains decorative and dynamic, adding a pop of orange to a neutral wardrobe. Deep Lichen Green acts as the cornerstone colour for the men’s palette as well; however, pair the shaded mossy green with Beaujolais, a full-bodied red, for an elegantly masculine, quintessential Autumn look.

Unpredictable Turbulence and warm, rich Carafe, also play vital roles in men’s fashion trends, serving as strong staple hues for outerwear throughout the cooler months. Create a well-balanced look by combining either neutral with Beaujolais or Koi.

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