During Fashion Week, the experts at Pantone collaborate with designers to analyze the season’s top color trends and develop the Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2016. The Spring’s prime ten colors then trickle their way through fashion, interiors, graphics, design, art, and media, directing trends through to Fall.
Color is a major factor in psychology and society, and the colors included in this Spring’s report are reflective of recent social and political trends. This season’s palette is inspired by art from Picasso to Frank Stella, new global ventures and nature from Cuba to Colombia, and the desire to disconnect from the urban environment and technology. “Designers were also inspired by the contrast of urban design and lush vegetation, leading to unexpected color combinations, and collections reminiscent of architecture, travel, and nostalgia.” The palette speaks to the world we live in, both urban and organic, emphasizing a sense of nostalgia, escapism, and confidence.
The color collection is genderless and is seen in men and women’s clothing, as well as both masculine and feminine design. The palette channels a gender-neutral contrast of relaxation and playfulness, with vivid colors that are exciting and optimistic, and quiet neutrals that are calming and stable. The pigments derive from nature, transporting one “to more tranquil, mindful environs that encourage relaxation first, followed by curiosity and exploration.” Combined they create A Transporting and Transformative Canvas.
The top colors for Spring 2016 include the following:
- PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz
- PANTONE 16-1548 Peach Echo
- PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity
- PANTONE 19-4049 Snorkel Blue
- PANTONE 12-0752 Buttercup
- PANTONE 13-4810 Limpet Shell
- PANTONE 16-3905 Lilac Gray
- PANTONE 17-1564 Fiesta
- PANTONE 15-1040 Iced Coffee
- PANTONE 15-0146 Green Flash
Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves.
– Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute™
Images courtesy of Pantone.